Ghana go to the polls (courtesy photo)

Polling stations have opened today in Ghana for voters to elect a new president and 275 members of parliament.

President Nana Akufo Addo is seeking re-election for a second term and faces a challenge from former President John Mahama.

Ten other candidates, including three women, are vying for the nation’s top seat, but the vote is essentially a fight between two foes who will be slugging it out for the third time.

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This is Ghana’s eighth election since the return of multiparty democracy in 1992.

Voters will cast their ballots for a new president and members of parliament for the 275 constituencies at 38,000 polling stations across the nation.

More than 17 million Ghanaians are eligible to vote in the elections.

Covid-19 protocols are expected to be strictly enforced. Those not wearing face masks will not be allowed to vote. People have also been advised to return home after casting their ballots.

Ghana has had five presidents since 1992 and three hand-overs of power.