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In pictures: Ghana votes

Voting at a polling station in Accra

Voting started early in Ghana as large numbers turned out for presidential and parliamentary elections.

A woman prepares to vote at a voting screen made of cardboard in the Chorkor neighborhood of Accra

Polling stations were set up in neighbourhoods, churches and schools across the country.

Voting at Accra Girls Secondary School

Election officials say turnout could beat the last elections - when it reached 85%.

A security official keeps crowds back at a polling station in Odododiodoo

Voting is reported to have gone peacefully, although there were some early delays in Accra.

A man suffers from the heat at a polling station in Accra

But waiting in the scorching sun proved too much for some voters.

An electoral official holds a ballot paper to be given to a voter at a polling station

All eyes are on Ghana as it hopes to show Africa that elections can be held without violence.

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