8 December 2012

Ghana: Last Day Voting Ends

Ghana has extended voting in its presidential election into a second day, officials said, after technical problems prevented thousands of people in ... ( Resource: Ghana Extends Voting After Technical Glitch )

Second day voting which begun at 7am has ended in all polling centre in areas where voting was suspended due to breakdown of verification machines. The general election which was supposed to be held only yesterday was extended to today due to equipment failure in some polling stations.

Voting was going on in these constituency while results from centers where voting took place yesterday were been declared.

Eight candidates are contesting the presidency, and provisional results from a number of constituencies so far have officials of the ruling National Democratic Congress and main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party claiming victory.

Provisional results from 140 constituencies however puts the ruling National Democratic Congress in the lead with 50.31% while the New Patriotic Party has 48.27% of the votes cast, with the smaller parties sharing the remaining.

Certified results from the Electoral Commission are just under 20 constituencies with the results showing a very close race.

Ghana's electoral system for the first time introduced a biometric voters' register with a verification machine but a number of the machines broke down stalling the voting process.

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