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December 10, 2008
Ghana runoff election looms as leaders fail to win majority


Ghanians text results of the election.

Ghana’s presidential election will see a second round after both candidates failed to win a majority of votes in Sunday’s election.

Voter turnout was high, at 69.5 percent, and some have called the peaceful election a “beacon of hope for Africa.”

The runoff between ruling party leader Nana Akufo-Addo and opposition candidate John Atta Mills is scheduled for Dec. 28.

For more on Ghana’s election, see what a Worldfocus contributing blogger had to say: Race tightens as ballots are tallied in Ghana.

Ghanian blogger “Mercy” writes that she is proud of the fair and free election and of the civic engagement of Ghanians, expressing support for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The “MobileActive” blog discusses the use of text messaging, which played a role in monitoring the election.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), the opposition party, posts a blog entry expressing gratitude to supporters and the Ghanian media and asks for restraint on the part of threatening security organizations.

Ethan Zuckerman of the “My heart’s in Accra” blog writes that the ruling party is currently in the lead, and if Akufo-Addo emerges victorious in the runoff, he will face a divided government.

Blogger “Oluniyi David Ajao” asks, “Does Ghana exist?” and argues that the international media has ignored the Ghana election and only covers violence and starvation in Africa.

Watch a video of vote counting in Odododiodio, Ghana, from YouTube user hdnrp:

Photo courtesy of Flickr user bbcworldservice under a Creative Commons license.

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