Party Brief: NDC
Since the NDC was formed, it has formed two governments following elections, and a third following the death of President Mills. The NDC has contested all national elections since its inception.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a social democratic political party in Ghana, founded by Jerry John Rawlings, who was Head of State of Ghana from 1981 to 1993 and the President of Ghana from 1993 to 2001. The NDC was formed ahead of elections in 1992 and in 1996 returned Rawlings to power. Rawlings’ second term ended in 2001. The NDC lost the presidency in the 2000 election, and it was not until the 2008 election that they regained it with candidate John Atta Mills.
On 9 December 2012, the Electoral Commission of Ghana announced NDC’s candidate John Dramani Mahama president-elect after a hotly contested race in which he won 50.7% of votes cast.
On the internationally political scene, the NDC is a member of the Progressive Alliance and Socialist International.