Africa

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

  • A woman walks past election campaign posters on the street in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    A woman walks past election campaign posters on the street in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man carries his luggage as he walks past a campaign billboard for Ghana Incumbent President and candidate of the National Democratic Congress John Dramani Mahama on the street in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    A man carries his luggage as he walks past a campaign billboard for Ghana Incumbent President and candidate of the National Democratic Congress John Dramani Mahama on the street in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)  (The Associated Press)

  • Passengers wait to board a bus ahead of Ghana's elections, at a bus terminal in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Passengers wait to board a bus ahead of Ghana's elections, at a bus terminal in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)  (The Associated Press)

Voters in Ghana are casting ballots in presidential and legislative elections despite widespread concerns over the credibility of the country's electoral commission.

Authorities already extended early voting to a second day after thousands of names were missing from voter lists on the day set aside for security personnel, election officials and journalists.

Despite those hitches, officials and the leading parties are urging Ghanaians to trust and electoral process and commit to peace.

The presidential election Wednesday is largely between two veteran politicians — incumbent President John Dramani Mahama and main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo. There are four other candidates on the ballot including a former first lady.

This election will be the third time Akufo-Addo contests for the presidency after previous attempts in 2008 and 2012.