facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ghana begins voting for president

Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:18 AM   |   Comments

ACCRA, Ghana, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Voting began Friday in most polling stations in Ghana, with President John Mahama in a tight race with Nana Akufo-Addo.

Polling places reported long lines of voters waiting to cast ballots but some opened late and others had missing materials.

Calm was reported across the country, although police reported Karaga's People's National Convention constituency chairman, Alhassan Ze, died in an accident en route to vote, Myjoyonline reported.

Nearly 14 million registered voters are expected to elect the next president. Also up for a vote are 275 seats in Parliament sought by 1,300 candidates, Myjoyonline said.

If neither Mahama, of the National Democratic Party, nor Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party, wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be conducted Dec. 28.

A parliamentary candidate needs a simple majority.

Mahama took over as president after John Atta Mills died suddenly in July.

For the first time, a biometric voters' register with electronic verification is being used in the election, officials said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
2
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
3
Britain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality
4
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
5
White House: Intel agencies examinig Islamic State execution video
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback