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Ghana begins voting in presidential election

A man casts his vote in the presidential election in Bole district, northern Ghana, on December 7, 2016Ghanaians began voting Wednesday in an unpredictable presidential election that is being seen as a litmus test of stability in Africa’s most secure democracy. Once praised by US President Barack Obama for its peaceful transfers of power, Ghana has come under fire amid reports of voter intimidation and questions over the independence of the country’s election agency. Charismatic incumbent John Mahama is running for reelection against veteran politician Nana Akufo-Addo, who has chipped away at the popularity of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party by criticising the country’s sluggish growth and high-profile corruption scandals.

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