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High Turnout Reported for Ghana's National Elections

Vote counting has begun in Tuesday's general election in Ghana, where President John Kufuor is widely expected to win re-election.

Election officials said turnout was very high at polling stations, where some people waited in line for hours to cast ballots. Final results are expected Friday.

After casting his vote, President Kufuor expressed confidence that he would be elected for a second and final four-year term.

His chief rival is John Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress party, founded by former president Jerry Rawlings. Mr. Mills vowed that, if elected, he would improve the economy to help the country's poor.

Voters also cast ballots for 230 members of the west African country's parliament.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.