Ghana's Mahama in slim lead with most votes counted: Media

AFP , Sunday 9 Dec 2012

President John Dramani Mahama is the likely president-elect of Ghana, local media reports

Ghanian President John Dramani Mahama, center left, speaks to ruling party supporters at his final campaign rally ahead of Friday's presidential election, in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo)

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama held a slim lead over presidential election rival Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday with nearly all votes counted, local media said, adding he was the likely winner.

Privately owned Joy News television, based on provisional results from 261 of 275 districts, said Mahama had 50.03 percent and Akufo-Addo 48.05 percent.

The station added that "Mahama is the likely president-elect of Ghana," however the electoral commission had not made any declaration.

It based its finding on trends of already tallied votes in addition to an analysis of outstanding districts, it said. It also reported that turnout was at 81 percent.

Ghana's presidential and parliamentary polls were held on Friday, but polling stations in some areas re-opened on Saturday after a new biometric system and late delivery of materials led to delays.

The stakes are especially high in a nation with a booming economy fuelled by a new and expanding oil industry. Ghana is also seeking to further burnish its credentials as a stable democracy in turbulent West Africa.

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