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Counting of ballots underway after polling ends in Ghana
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16:17, December 29, 2008

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Polling for the presidential run-off ended late Sunday in Ghana and the counting of ballots is already underway, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has reported.

The winner in the run-off will replace the incumbent John Kufuor possibly on January 7, 2009.

Sunday's race was between Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Both the two failed to secure a 50 percent plus 1 vote in the first round which was held early this month.

According to the report, the exercise in both the first round and the run-off was generally peaceful but for some pockets of irregularities.

In the first round of election, Akufo-Addo secured 4,159,439 votes, or 49.13 percent of the total valid counts, while Mills gained 4,056,634 votes, or 47.92 percent.

Ghana recorded a nationwide voter population of 12,472,758 for the 2008 elections and turnout was 69.52 percent in the first round.


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