SCRAMBLE FOR DECISIVE GHANA VOTES


Opposition candidate John Atta Mills is heading for the Ghanaian constituency which will decide the closely fought presidential run-off. The remote western constituency of Tain will vote on Friday with the presidential contest on a knife-edge.

gana-1It has some 54,000 registered votes, with Mr. Atta Mills leading his rival Nana Akufo-Addo by just 23,055 votes. Both men’s supporters have complained of fraud and the electoral commission is investigating these claims.

The announcement of the winner has been delayed until after results come in from Tain and the allegations of rigging have been examined. Mr Atta Mills’ spokesman Mohammed Ayariga told BBC News that there was unlikely to be a big rally in Tain, as it was such a remote area and there was not much time to organise one.

He said that former President Jerry Rawlings – under whom Mr Atta Mills served as vice-president – had already travelled to the constituency to lead the final campaign. Mr Atta Mills won the area in the first round of voting on 7 December so his National Democratic Congress (NDC) is confident of victory.

But the governing New Patriotic Party says the outcome is still too close to call, especially with the possibility of some results being disqualified because of the fraud claims.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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