Long queues were reported as voters in Ghana are selecting their next president and a 275-seat parliament in elections which is seen as a model for democracy in Africa.
Some 14 million
people are expected to turn out for Friday's poll. President John
Dramani Mahama, in office only since July when he as vice president
succeeded President John Atta Mills when he died in office, is facing
His main opponent is Nana Akufo-Addo, a former foreign minister, who lost the 2008 election to Mills by less than 1 percent.
a nation of 25 million, has previously held five transparent elections
in a row. Nearby Mali, which was also considered a model democracy, was
plunged into chaos this March following a military coup.