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Ghana presidential vote to be rerun in single area

 People wait in line to vote during the presidential election, in Accra, Ghana Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Ghanaians returned to the polls Sunday for a pre...
 A woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Accra, Ghana,  Sunday Dec. 28, 2008.  Ghanaians returned to the polls Sunday for a presiden...
 An officer from Ghana's prison service watches while a woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Accra, Ghana,  Sunday Dec. 28, 2008.  ...
 Presidential candidate and leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Atta Mills casts his ballot during presidential elections in Accra, ...
 A girl sits at the entrance of a polling station during presidential elections in Accra, Ghana,  Sunday Dec. 28, 2008.  Ghanaians returned to the pol...
 Presidential candidate and leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Atta Mills receives his ballot from a polling agent as he prepares t...

GHANA ELECTION

People wait in line to vote during the presidential election, in Accra, Ghana Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Ghanaians returned to the polls Sunday for a pre...

APTOPIX GHANA ELECTION

A woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Accra, Ghana, Sunday Dec. 28, 2008. Ghanaians returned to the polls Sunday for a presiden...

GHANA ELECTION

An officer from Ghana's prison service watches while a woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Accra, Ghana, Sunday Dec. 28, 2008. ...

GHANA ELECTION

Presidential candidate and leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Atta Mills casts his ballot during presidential elections in Accra, ...

GHANA ELECTION

A girl sits at the entrance of a polling station during presidential elections in Accra, Ghana, Sunday Dec. 28, 2008. Ghanaians returned to the pol...

GHANA ELECTION

Presidential candidate and leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Atta Mills receives his ballot from a polling agent as he prepares t...

Electoral officials on Tuesday delayed announcing results from Ghana's extraordinarily tight presidential ballot, saying instead that the vote will be rerun in a single disputed constituency which could decide the West African nation's next leader.
Electoral Commission chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan said the new ballot would be held Friday in Tain in western Ghana, which has about 53,000 registered voters. He did not say explain what caused the voting problem in Tain, but electoral commissioner Eunice Roberts told The Associated Press there had been a shortage of ballots.
"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we could not hold the election in Tain constituency," Afari-Gyan told reporters at a chaotic news conference at which a victor had been expected to be announced.
He said the latest results from Sunday's second round race showed opposition leader John Atta Mills had a narrow lead with 50.13 percent of counted ballots, or 4,501,466 votes, compared with 49.87 percent, or 4,478,411 votes, for ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo.
It was not clear when final results would be released, but counting in Tain was likely to start immediately after the vote.
"The results as given are so close that Tain could affect the winner," the chairman admitted.
Tensions were high after Sunday's vote, as thousands of opposition supporters, some with painted faces and carrying sticks, surrounded the news conference building Tuesday. Army and police forces brought in armored cars to keep calm. Inside, rival party officials pushed and shoved each other as they argued over results.
No violence was reported, but shops and banks closed early, fearful of looting.
Atta Mills and Akufo-Addo, both aged 64 and British-educated lawyers, topped a field of eight candidates but neither received more than the required 50 percent in the first round of voting on Dec. 7. They are vying to succeed President John Kufuor, who must step down after serving two terms.
Ghana is a rare example of democracy in a region of totalitarian states. The country suffered back-to-back coups in the 1970s and 1980s but then turned toward democracy when former coup leader Jerry Rawlings organized elections. He won two terms, then surprised the world by ceding power when his party's candidate lost the 2000 vote.
Each side has accused the other of irregularities in the latest vote and court challenges or demands for recounts are expected. Some analysts predict Atta Mills could win by less than 50,000 votes in the extremely tight contest.
The Atlanta-based Carter Center on Tuesday called the runoff vote "transparent and relatively peaceful" and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States also commended the way the election was run.
Ghana's foreign investment has grown more than 2,000 percent and exports have more than doubled since the ruling party took office eight years ago. Yet Ghana remains one of the world's poorest countries. One in 10 adults is unemployed and 40 percent of the population is illiterate.
Akufo-Addo campaigned on his party's success in driving the economy in Ghana, the world's No. 2 cocoa producer and the latest African nation to discover oil. Atta Mills, who served as Rawlings' vice president, accused the governing party of corruption.
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Updated : 2021-04-23 02:17 GMT+08:00