Brief Profile of the NDC

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.

Party Profile

Founded: 28 July 1992

Leader: John Dramani Mahama

Chairperson: Kofi Portuphy

Secretary-General: Johnson Asiedu-Nketia

Founder: Jerry Rawlings

Headquarters: Adabraka, Accra

Student wing: TEIN

Ideology: Social democracy

Political position: Centre-left

Colours: Green, White, Red and Black

Slogan:  Unity, Stability and Development

Election symbol: The Umbrella with the Head of an Eagle at the Tip

Parliamentary performance in past elections:

Election Year Number of Seats
1992 189
1996 133
2000 91
2004 94
2008 116
2012 148
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