x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Ghana: Narrow lead for opposition candidate

Unofficial results show Ghana's opposition presidential candidate has a small lead over his ruling party rival.

ACCRA, GHANA // Radio and TV stations say opposition leader John Atta Mills is narrowly leading Ghana's hotly contested presidential ballot. Independent and influential Radio Joy FM reports from unofficial results that Mr Atta Mills has 50.64 per cent of the 8.7 million votes counted. Still expected are results from seven constituencies with nearly 340,000 voters. Joy FM gives 49.36 percent of counted votes to Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling party.

Mr Akufo-Addo has campaigned on his party's economic successes in the world's No. 2 cocoa producer and the latest African nation to discover oil. Mr Atta Mills maintains the wealth has not trickled down and most Ghanaians remain impoverished. Official results are expected on Tuesday. * AP