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Ghana vote seen as key test for Africa

 Ghana vote seen as key test for Africa
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The people of Ghana are voting in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections.

The ballot is seen as important not only for the West African nation but for the continent as a whole.

A peaceful poll, as most observers expect, would be a shot in the arm for African democracy campaigners after electoral violence in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. And the discovery of offshore oil has raised international attention as Ghana prepares to cash in.

President John Kufuor is unable to stand again after serving the maximum two terms. So he is hoping voters will pick his ruling party’s chosen successor, Nana Akufo-Addo to replace him.

Many say the election is too close to call and may end in a run-off between the British-trained lawyer and the main opposition candidate, John Atta Mills.
He is running for the presidency for a third time after losing twice to John Kufuor, who turns 70 tomorrow and stands down next month.