Ghana votes in tight election, as veteran rivals sq. off | Information | DW

Voters throughout Ghana headed for the polls Monday in presidential and legislative elections, with the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and opponent John Mahama providing competing plans to rescue the pandemic-hit financial system.

The poles closed at 5 p.m., and there have been no reviews of disruptions. The electoral fee is anticipated to announce the end result inside 72 hours.

As much as 17 million Ghanaians had been registered to forged ballots at 38,000 polling stations throughout the nation. Together with presidential candidates, voters had been additionally charged with choosing 275 lawmakers out of 914 candidates for parliament.

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Veterans face off

Though 10 different candidates are in search of the presidency, the competition has centered on the 2 political heavyweights, Akufo-Addo, 76, and Mahama, 62, who’ve confronted off twice earlier than for Ghana’s highest workplace. Akufo-Addo gained in 2016, changing Mahama who gained workplace in 2012.

If both wins, which is anticipated, it will be for a second and last time period underneath Ghana’s constitutional time period limits.

Voters line up in Ghana's Accra

Voters had been required to put on masks at polling stations, like this one in Accra

“My expectation is that the work the federal government has achieved in these 4 years will discover favor with the Ghanaian folks as we speak and that our mandate will probably be renewed,” Akufo-Addo mentioned after voting in his japanese hometown of Kyebi.

Mahama, voting in his northern hometown of Bole, mentioned that the election has been “easy up to now.”

A survey the College of Ghana taken in November confirmed Akufo-Addo forward with a razor-thin 51.7% of assist, based on the AFP information company.

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Financial woes

Ghana has superior economically in current a long time, nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic hit Ghana’s key exports of oil and cocoa.

The jolt has led to Ghana’s first quarterly financial contraction in a long time, with development anticipated to fall to 0.9%, based on the Worldwide Financial Fund.

Akufo-Addo has promised a $17-billion restoration program geared toward job creation. Mahama’s plan is to spice up the financial system with a $10-billion infrastructure plan.

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An instance of African democracy

Ghana is extensively thought of to be a bastion of political stability in West Africa, and has held peaceable and clear elections for practically twenty years.

“The whole world is wanting as much as us to keep up our standing as a beacon of democracy, peace, and stability,” Akufo-Addo mentioned Sunday.

The 2 candidates signed a symbolic pact Friday, promising to resolve any electoral disputes in courtroom, following fears of post-election rigidity within the shut contest. Greater than 60,000 safety personnel had been dispatched to keep up order at polling stations.

Disputed elections this yr in close  Guinea and  Ivory Coast resulted in lethal violence after leaders held onto energy for third phrases altering constitutional guidelines, a transfer bitterly opposed opposition teams in each international locations.

“We do not go to locations the place democracy is faux, the place it is a theater,” EU election observer Javier Nart advised AFP Monday at a polling station in Accra.

In Ghana, “it isn’t the Kalashnikov that instructions, it’s the poll field,” he added.

wmr/msh  (AFP, Reuters, dpa, AP)

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