Ghanians are choosing one among the seven contesting presidential candidates as the close contest is between John Dramani Mahama and Nana Akuffo Addo as voting in Ghana's presidential election goes into full swing, Ghanaguardian.com reports.
Jacob Osei Yeboah (IC), long serving Ghana's First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings (NDP), Incumbent Prez John Mahama (NDC),Papa Kwesi Nduom for (PPP), Edward Mahama (PNC), Ivor Greenstreet (CPP),Nana Akuffo Addo (NPP) are all seeking for the highest position of the land and occupy the "Flagstaff House".
It began with a handful of villages and cities throughout the Country which started polling at 7:00 GMT.
Prez Mahama cast his vote in Bole bamboi, Northern region as Nana Akuffo-Addo with Rebecca Akuffo-Addo cast their vote at Kyebi in the Eastern region.
The incumbent and the opposition both targeted battleground regions to conquer. A hectic round of campaigning took them both to their final rallies which ended in the capital city, Accra with a massive crowd.
Ghanaians are choosing a new president after one of the most rancorous election campaigns the country has seen.
Incumbent contender Mahama urged voters to back a "hopeful, inclusive, development and continuity" while Nana Addo told supporters they had a "magnificent chance to change the corrupt system as he hopes change will take place". Scientific Polls have been in favour of both John Mahama and Nana Akuffo Addo.
A record number of Ghanaians have voted early at polling stations whiles voting is still underway.
There are signs of a high turnout among voltarian voters, which is believed to favor Mahama whiles Nana Akuffo Addo is hoping to stretch the incumbent in his strong hold in the Ashanti region. Long queues have formed at polling stations in the key battlegrounds of Northern region, Western region, Central region, Brong-Ahafo region and Greater Accra, Ghanaguardian.com correspondent reports.
The rivals held the final rallies of their campaigns of Election as Prez Mahama and the NDC on Monday filled the Accra sports stadium with a mass crowd and Nana Akuffo-Addo and the NPP massive supporters painted the trade fair centre with their blue, white and red colours on Sunday in La Trade Fair centre, Accra.
The biggest and strongest opposition leader Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo told his supporters.
'I will continue begging Ghanaians because they decide who to lead them'
“The president is mocking me because I am begging Ghanaians. I will continue to beg Ghanaians to vote for me because they hold the power to determine who becomes president."
“John Dramani Mahama and the NDC are threat to the future of the economy."
“We are going to have the opportunity to tell him that is not what the people of Ghana want. We want a one united indivisible country. We are not going to engage in the tribal politics by the NDC.” said Mr Akuffo Addo.
Later, in Accra, he told supporters: "We are just two days away from the change you've been waiting for all your life.
"Together we will make Ghana wealthy again, we will make Ghana's economy strong again, we will make Ghana safe again."
Mr Mahama told his audience in Hausa, Twi, Ewe, Ga and English, that although victory is already theirs, they should not be complacent.
“We have been through trying and challenging times over the last four years.I have given off my best as President of this great public and also as the candidate in the lead up to elections. The rest is in the people of Ghana and the will of the almighty God.”
“The choice we face in this election is simple. To stay the course and forge on with determination and consolidate all the gains we have made over the last four years or we give up and begin again of which we have no guarantees of success but just the oral assurances of a small group of people..it is a choice for Ghanaians to choose from the two,"
“I can proudly say that in government we have made you proud with our achievements. At the same time, we have not been complacent, on the campaign trail we have fought this election as if we are in opposition. We have covered every blade of grass and covered every nook and cranny,"
He looked forward to "a fairer, stronger, better Ghana. A Ghana where we build on developments not violence and lies."
Election day follows a massive and decent campaign during which the candidates have expressed their views and aim to lead Ghana.
By: Sadat Apusi