Ghana presidential vote extended by a day

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Ghana presidential vote extended by a day

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Ghana’s election commisioner has given voters an extra day to cast their ballots after technical problems hit the presidential election.

Although incumbent John Dramani Mahama was able to vote on Friday, many polling stations reported the failure of new electronic fingerprinting machines.

He’s had a tough battle with rival Nana Akufo-Addo in the race for the position of head of state.

Former president John Kufuor spoke out about the election day issues: “Listening to the news media – I get the impression, even in the capital – not all is going quite right. It doesn’t seem that the Electoral Commission prepared adequately.”

But election observers say voting has so far been mostly smooth despite the technical issues which caused long queues at many polling stations.

If neither candidate gets a majority, there will be a run-off in three weeks.