June 19, 2021


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Polls open in Ghana’s presidential, parliamentary elections

Polls officially opened on Monday in Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections under strict COVID-19 protocols.

Long queues formed at the polling stations long before voting began at 0700 GMT.

Some 17 million voters are on the register to cast their ballots.

Voting will end at 1700 GMT and counting will be at the polling stations.

The Electoral Commission says it will declare the results in 24 hours although the law gives it 72 hours.

Voters will choose a new president and 275 parliamentarians.

There are 12 presidential candidates although only the incumbent, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress have any real chance of winning.

There are 914 parliamentary candidates.

In a radio and television broadcast on Sunday night, Akufo-Addo called on voters to exercise their franchise in peace. (PANA/NAN)

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