Polls have closed in Ghana, where voters turned out in large numbers to cast ballots Tuesday in presidential and parliamentary elections.

People waited in long lines at polling stations throughout the country.  Election officials say anyone who was still waiting to vote would be allowed to do so.  No problems were reported.

President John Kufuor is widely expected to win re-election to a second four-year term.  After casting his ballot, he said he was confident he will win because Ghana's economy has improved in the last four years.

His chief rival is John Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress party, founded by former president Jerry Rawlings. 

This was Ghana's fourth election since the introduction of multi-party elections in 1992.  Final results are expected on Friday.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and AP.