National Democratic Congress (NDC)

The National Democratic Congress 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.

The NDC's party symbol is an umbrella with an eagle's head on top. Party colors are red, white, green, and black.

Internationally, the NDC is a member of the Socialist International.

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.

Electoral performance

The NDC has contested all national elections since the inception of the fourth republic.

2000 elections

Vice-President, John Atta Mills, placed second in the 2000 presidential elections.

2004 elections

In the 2004 elections the party's manifesto called for "A Better Ghana". John Atta Mills ran again for the NDC in the 2004 presidential elections, winning 44.6% of the vote, but losing to the New Patriotic Party. In the general elections held on 7 December 2004, the party won only 94 of the 230 seats.

2008 elections

On 21 December 2006, Mills was overwhelmingly elected by the NDC as its candidate for the 2008 presidential election with a majority of 81.4%, or 1,362 votes. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah was second with 8.7% (146 votes), Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu was third with 8.2% (137 votes), and Eddie Annan was fourth with 1.7% (28 votes). In April 2008, John Mahama was chosen as the party's vice-presidential candidate. On 3 January 2009, Mills was certified as the victor of the 28 December 2008 run-off election and became the next president of Ghana.

2012 transfer of power and elections

President John Evans Attah Mills died, after a short illness, in the afternoon of 24 July 2012 while still in Office. John Dramani Mahama of the NDC, the vice-president, was sworn-in as president that evening.The NDC picked John Dramani Mahama for their presidential candidate and sitting vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as their vice-presidential candidate for the 2012 elections.


Date certificate was issued 28th July, 1992
National Chairman Kofi Portuphy
General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia
1st Deputy Secretary Koku Anyidoho
2nd Deputy Secretary George Lawson
Address (Location) H/No. 641/4 Ringway Close, Kokomlemle, Accra
Address (Postal) P.O Box 5825, Accra-North
Presidential Candidate & Running Mate (2016) John Dramani Mahama & Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Party Symbol An umbrella with the head of a bird at the tip.
Party colours: Green, White, Black and Red
Party motto/slogan Unity, Stability and Development
Official Website
1st National Vice-Chairman

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (Resigned)

Other VICE-CHAIRMAN: Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, Kofi Portuphy
National Treasurer: Yussif Abdel Addis  
National Organiser: Kofi Adams
National Youth Organiser Sidi Abubakar
Deputy National Youth Organiser James Kofi Fonu  
National Women's Organiser Hajia Joyce Zainab Mahama
Manifesto  Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana