Ballots are still being counted in Ghana following peaceful and orderly general elections on 7 December.
In the presidential elections official results are not expected until 10 December, but analysts are predicting a tight race between Nana Akufo-Addo, candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), and John Atta Mills of the main opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC). The winner will take over from incumbent president John Kufuor of NPP, who is stepping down in January after two terms in office.
In the parliamentary elections early results suggest that NPP has lost several seats to the NDC.
Officials reported a high voter turnout and election monitors hailed the poll as a shining example of democracy in action for Africa.