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Ghana vote despite party boycott

Voting has begun in a remote Ghana district that could decide the outcome of a knife-edge presidential election, despite a ruling party boycott.

The governing New Patriotic Front (NPP) had sought an injunction to delay Friday's voting in Tain constituency.

NPP officials said the atmosphere in the rural, western district was not conducive to a free and fair election.

Tain constituency did not vote with the rest of the country last Sunday because of a problem distributing ballots.

Opposition candidate John Atta Mills has a narrow lead over the ruling party's Nana Akufo-Addo.

"We are trying to stop the election because we think the security situation on the ground is not conducive for a free and fair election," NPP spokesman Arthur Kennedy told AFP news agency.

Soldiers and police have been deployed across the district - the last of Ghana's 230 constituencies to vote.

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

Posted on Friday 2nd January 2009

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