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Tension as Ghana citizens vote in presidential election

Tension as Ghana citizens vote in presidential election

- As Ghanaians vote for the next person to lead the country in the next four years, there are a lot of similarities between the country's leader, John Mahama and Goodluck Jonathan

- If the election is won by the opposition's candidate, Nana Addo, who also has same similarities with President Muhammadu Buhari, then the election would just be a replay of Nigeria's 2015 exercise

Citizens of Ghana reportedly trooped out to vote in a tight presidential election with the result expected to be released within three days.

Though there are seven candidates, the election is believed to be majorly between President John Mahama and opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo and the British Broadcasting Corporation reports that the exercise witnessed long queues.

Tension as Ghana citizens vote in presidential election

Nana-Addo, a candidate in the Ghanaian election

The voters are said to be considering issues of the economy, mass unemployment and corruption while the exercise holds.

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Just like Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Mahama who was the country's vice president, became the substantive president in 2010 after the death of Attah Mills.

At the expiration of the tenure in 2012, he contested and won the presidential election for a first term. He is now seeking re-election.

Many of the voters in the about 29,000 polling centres in the country are reportedly demanding for a change of government because of the country's state of the economy.

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Some of them have wondered why the country was in such a sorry state even in the midst of vast natural resources.

So far, the election is said to be peaceful and is being monitored by thousands of domestic and foreign observers.

Tension as Ghana citizens vote in presidential election

John Mahama

If Mahama is deafeted by Addo, who is attempting for the third time, then he would be the first incumbent to lose an election since the country began a multi-party system.

This would be like it happened during the 2015 election in Nigeria.

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