Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ghana: Elections going for second round

Preliminary tabulation of voting results from 224 constituencies across the country by Joy 99.7 FM indicates that presidential elections are headed for a run-off.

According to analysis by panelists at the radio station's Kokomlemle studios in Accra, 8,346,279 (Eight million, three hundred and forty-six thousand, two hundred and seventy-nine thousand) valid votes, representing collated results from the 224 constituencies have New Patriotic Party candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Prof. John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress in a neck-to-neck race.

With results from only the six constituencies to go, NPP's Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has 4,099,942 votes (Four million, ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and forty-two), representing 49.12 percent of total valid votes cast.

Prof. John Evans Atta Mills of the NDC is in second position with 3,999,465 votes (Three million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, four hundred and sixty-five) or 47.92 percent.

The remaining six constituencies have a total registered voter population of 227,081.

Nana Addo requires no less than 169,708 votes of the lot to make it a first round win, while Prof Mills cannot make a first round win even if he were to win all the remaining ballots.

The analysts projected a high national voter turnout of 68.2 per cent.

The Electoral Commission, legally mandated to call the elections, is set to announce time and venue to declare its official results.


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