Africa

Ghanaians Head to the Polls

Results expected Sunday

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Voters in Ghana lined up as early as 2 a.m. local time (2 a.m. GMT) on Friday to select their next President and Parliament, waiting patiently to cast their ballots for one of the eight presidential contenders, including President John Dramani Mahama and his main challenger Nana Akufo-Addo.

Having a population of 25 million, the West African nation is conducting its sixth transparent election. Known as a beacon of democracy, it is a pacesetter for the continent's efforts to become democratic — no other country in the region has had so many elections deemed free and fair, a reputation voters hold close to their hearts.