Heated presidential race goes to runoff in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana -- An election official says Ghana's presidential race is headed to a runoff.

The chairman of Ghana's Electoral Commission says neither the ruling party nor the opposition secured enough votes to win the election outright. A runoff will be held Dec. 28.

Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan said both candidates received under 50 percent of the vote.

The ruling party's Nana Akufo-Addo received just over 49 percent of the 8.6 million ballots cast. Opposition leader John Atta Mills received a little under 48 percent of the vote with all but one of the 230 precincts reporting.

Ghana is one of Africa's few stable democracies and the election marks its fifth consecutive democratic vote. International election observers pronounced the first round free and transparent.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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