The New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s policy is to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land with right to life, freedom, and justice, as the principles to which the government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property, and liberty of each and every citizen.
The party was founded on 28th July, 1992, with the aim of bringing together like-minded citizens of the country so that they may strive for Freedom and Justice by the appreciation and protection of human rights and the rule of law through the practice of true democracy; to build in this country a free and democratic system of government under which all citizens will be able to contribute to the welfare, peace, and prosperity of our nation and keep its people free from dictatorship, and oppression.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a centre-right and liberal-conservative party in Ghana with the symbol of an African elephant. NPP’s colours are red, white, and blue.
Since the democratization of Ghana in 1992, it has been one of the two dominant parties in Ghana politics; its leading rival being the centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC).
John Kufuor of the NPP was President of Ghana from 2001 to 2009. At the elections held on 7 December 2004, the party won 129 out of 230 seats. The NPP candidate was John Agyekum Kufuor, who was re-elected as President with 52.75% of the vote.
In the 2008 general election, the NPP candidate Nana Akufo-Addo conceded to losing in the closely contested presidential election runoff amidst accusations of vote rigging, with Akufo-Addo receiving 49.77% of the votes, versus 50.23% for John Atta Mills, the NDC candidate.
In the 2012 general election, the NPP faced a similar situation from vote results provided by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC). Nana Akufo-Addo received 47.74% of the vote, while NDC candidate John Mahama received 50.7% amidst accusations of electoral fraud. Akufo-Addo was chosen as the NPP’s candidate for the third time in the 2016 elections and defeated Mahama in the first round, winning 53.83% of the votes.