Voting takes off at Tain

Voting has begun in the Tain constituency Friday morning January 2, 2008, but New Patriotic Party (NPP) agents are absent at polling stations.

The cliffhanger voting which is likely to decide the next president of Ghana following elections on December 7 and December 28, 2008 which failed to produce an outright winner has started Friday morning.

News reaching indicate that voting has started in polling stations across the constituency but NPP agents have stayed away.

There is also increased military and police presence in the area to maintain the peace.

The NPP has indicated it would boycott the elections in Tain citing “an atmosphere not conducive for a peaceful election” as its reason.

The ruling NPP whose presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo is trailing the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, is also heading to court Friday January 2, 2008 to get a court order to stop the election from going on after it failed in an earlier attempt Thursday January 1, to stop the EC from announcing the results of the elections even before it was held.

Correspondents in Tain tell that residents are queuing and casting their ballots.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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