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Race tight in Ghana's vote count

Ghana's two main presidential candidates are running neck-and-neck as votes continue to be counted a day after the country's peaceful elections.

It is a public holiday and people are glued to their radios and television sets as the results trickle in.

A number of ministers have lost their seats in the parliamentary elections.

Poll officials reported a huge voter turnout and monitors hailed the exercise as a shining example of democracy in action for Africa.

President John Kufuor is stepping down in January after serving the maximum two terms.

The main contest is between Mr Kufuor's governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of former ruler Jerry Rawlings, which was in power until eight years ago.

The leading contenders are ex-Foreign Minister Nana Akufo-Addo and the opposition's John Atta Mills, of the NDC, who is a presidential candidate for the third time. The winner is expected to be named later on Monday.

Delays

Seven presidential candidates were in the race but the BBC's Will Ross in the capital Accra says that the other candidates failed to attract much support.

He says the winner could get more than 50% of the vote, making a second round run-off on 28 December unnecessary.

Source of this news is from bbc website  www.bbc.co.uk

Posted on Monday 8th December 2008

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