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Latest update : 2008-12-10

Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party and John Atta Mills of the opposition National Democratic Congress will compete for Ghana's top job in a run-off vote. Nana emerged with a narrow lead after Sunday's first round.

Reuters - Ghana's presidential election will be decided in a second round run-off between the two leading candidates to be held on Dec. 28, the chairman of the country's electoral commission said on Wednesday.

 

Commission chief Kwadwo Afari Gyan said that neither of the two frontrunners in Sunday's vote, Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) or John Atta Mills of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), gained the minimum needed to win outright in the first round.

 

"This means that there is going to be a re-run and it will be between the two leading candidates," Gyan told a news conference, adding the run-off would be held on Dec. 28.

 

He said that with votes counted from all but one of the West African state's 230 constituencies, Nana had obtained 49.13 percent and Mills 47.92 percent.

 

He put voter turnout at 69.52 percent.

 

Gyan did not immediately announce the results of the parallel parliamentary elections also held on Sunday, saying the commission was still working on these and needed to clarify a number of issues.

Date created : 2008-12-10

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