Final electoral rallies have been held in Ghana ahead of Sunday’s election for a successor to President John Kufuor.
The race, which many expect to go to a run-off, has come under close international scrutiny with Ghana preparing to start commercial crude oil production by 2010.
The first pretender for the top prize is Nana Akufo Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party — backed by current President Kufuor.
Addo’s main challenge comes in the form of ex- vice president John Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress.
Whoever takes charge will be in place when the money starts rolling in from oil output.
The ballot in the west African state is also being seen as a test for Ghana’s democratic credentials, with its fifth successive elections since 1992.
One of Africa’s few economic success stories, growth in Ghana this year is predicted at more than 6 percent.
But the fruits of wealth remain elusive for many still stuck in abject poverty.
It is for that reason Sunday’s election is expected to be too close to call.