Voters in Guinea are electing a president in the west African country's second democratic presidential election since independence in 1958.
Seven candidates are competing against President Alpha Conde, who is hoping to win a second term.
His main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has urged his supporters to vote despite the country's top court rejecting his plea for a delay.
The 2010 election saw a transition from military to civilian rule.
Since then Guinea has been badly hit by an Ebola outbreak and seen prices of key export bauxite - the raw material in aluminium - slump.
Deep ethnic, political and religious tensions persist and can quickly become violent, especially around election time, BBC World Service Africa editor Mary Harper reports.
At least three people were killed in pre-election violence.
Opposition parties had wanted the vote postponed due to alleged anomalies in the country's electoral roll but the election commission rejected the call.
Will Guinea's election be free and fair?
Some of those trying to vote early on Sunday complained that voting materials were not ready.
Mr Conde is favourite to win the election but a second round of voting is likely.
"I ask all Guineans, whatever their party, to fulfil their civic duty peacefully and calmly," Mr Conde said after casting his vote in the capital, Conakry.
Aged 77, he is hoping to capitalise on his victory in the 2010 vote, held after he returned from some three decades in exile, but that election was marred by violence and accusations of fraud.
He promises to consolidate stability and social unity, and promote development.
After voting elsewhere in the capital, Mr Diallo, a former prime minister, said: "We must hope there will not be [violence] after the elections and that the people of Guinea show maturity."
The 63-year-old pledges to prioritise jobs for young people and to give all Guineans "access to health care, decent housing, water, electricity, safety, and justice".
African Union and European Union observers are monitoring the election. The official result is not expected until Monday or Tuesday.
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party for the 2016 presidential elections, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo has ended his three day ‘Rise and Build ‘tour in the Ashanti Region.
Addressing party regional executives and all parliamentary aspirants in 14 constituencies in the region, Nana Addo said Ghanaians are looking for a president with better policies to stimulate growth and not a president who would go and beg for support.
Nana insisted that Ghana is endowed with all the resources required to transform this country but it takes a president with better economic policies aimed at strengthening the economy.
“We are not looking for a President who will go and beg for us. We want proper policies that will make it possible for our industries to grow. If you put in place polices aimed at strengthening your currency, reducing interest rates and putting in place an effective fiscal policy, these are the things that will stimulate local production, and not begging.”
Nana Addo added “What Ghanaians demand from a President of Ghana, endowed with all the power of the State, is to put in place policies and measures which will stimulate the growth of local production, and not to go begging.”
The flagbearer reiterated that a 2016 victory for the NPP, is a victory for all Ghanaians and not a selected few, because the victory according to him “will be a watershed in the development of our country”.
Nana Addo was confident of victory come 2016 because of the hard work they have employed so far but that would only be achieved if they unite their front.
“I am confident that Almighty God will look on our hard work and grant us victory in 2016. This victory will not be an NPP victory, but a victory for all Ghanaians.”
Nana Akufo Addo as part of his tour held series of meetings with regional and constituency executives, as well as parliamentary candidates from 14 constituencies in the Ashanti Region.
The constituencies were Asawase, Manhyia North, Manhyia South, Oforikrom, Suame, Old Tafo, Kwadaso, Nhyiaeso, Bantama, Asokwa, Offinso North, Offinso South, Subin and Bosomtwe.
President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Mahama has said that Ghana has so far been able to withstand its economic challenges after years of going through very difficult times in the past.
He indicated that Ghana was recognized as the first sub-saharan African country to gain independence with very bright economic prospects, but that was short lived in the the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Addressing the Grace Pentecostal Branch of the Assemblies of God Church at Effiakuma, a suburb of Takoradi in the Western Region, the President Mahama noted that: “Ghana was recognised in the whole community and celebrated as the first sub-saharan African country to have independence but by the 1970s and 1980s; the country fell to the bottom of the pit…Our economy was struggling, there was no light, … to make matters worse there was no food…”
President Mahama however added that Ghana has surmount to all these challenges because of ‘’God’s favour.’’
“Gods favour was on the country and we were able to overcome all that. Ghana is rising again; today we have the fastest growing middle class in Africa. Nobody goes to the next door to beg for iced water.In every house, everyone has a TV in his room”.
President Mahama in his address to the church advised Ghanaians to also eschew any form of violence as the country prepares ahead of the 2016 elections, he stated that politics in Ghana should not be life and death but rather peaceful.
“Our politics should never be about life and death because God in his own wisdom will choose a leader for us.”
He added: “Even if men of God need prayers then those of us in authority in the secular world even need more prayers because the Bible even says we should pray for those in authority so that he will give them divine guidance to be able to do what is right in the sight of God.’’
President Mahama further admonished Ghanaians to be mindful of how peace the country is because we are the only nation that has not suffered civil war.
“Ghana is the only country that has not suffered civil war. Our nation is favoured, and our nation is great.”
The Sales Executive Manager for Regimanuel Grey Estate Limited, Madam Violet D. Odoi has said that the Real Estate Industry in Ghana, is growing steadily because more Ghanaians are buying homes.
She explained that it would very important for the Real Estate Industry to provide quality, long lasting and affordable homes that can last a life time for the buyer.
According to her, although Ghanaians are looking out for homes, their demand for quality is paramount and to ensure that this is achieved, providers in the Real Estate Industry must apply modern and the accepted standards in the housing industry.
Madam Odoi explained further that, putting up a home requires the use of good quality materials that have been certified, tested and accepted in the housing sector.
The sales executive indicated that when you talk of homes, you must think of the infrastructure and to go it right, the best practice must be applied.
She posited that buyers in the Real Estate Industry, invest their life time savings into buying homes and therefore it would important to provide them with the best quality homes.
Madam Odoi addressing the issue on pricing and affordability in the industry, indicated that every quality home comes with a price, and when if anyone is interested in investing in ahome, then the person must pay a good yet affordable price.
She admonished Ghanaians not to compromise on quality but rather invest in the best to last them a life time.
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Ever since its inception, the company has had an assemblage of dedicated top caliber local and expatriate personnel managing its affairs resulting in its emergence as the leading private real estate developer and home builder in Ghana.
The Company’s well-known hallmarks are the timely construction and delivery of high quality, reasonable-priced housing units at prime locations which are adequately provided with social amenities.
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Deputy Regional Secretary for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the Volta Region, Mustapha Bandi has called on Ghanaians to see the call for a new voter register by Nana Addo and the NPP as fraudulent and an attempt to make the country ungovernable.
Mustapha Bandi said ‘’the call for a new register is not genuine, they don’t have a good intention for a new register to be compiled’’.
He insisted that the NPP is making ‘’wild allegation’’, with their call.
‘’We believe that we should allow the Electoral Commission, to be solely independent to be able to hold a credible election in this country’’, he said
Mr. Bandi challenged the NPP to come clean with their call because in his opinion he sees it as fraudulent and without merit.
‘’With the posture of NPP and its holders, they have not lived to a good moral, they do not have the public moral capacity to represent themselves to call for such change. In any case, if you have made or filed a petition at the Electoral Commission, allow the Electoral Commissioner and the various commissioners to look at the and give it the merit it deserves’’ he indicated.
He could not understand why NPP would petition the EC, hold a demonstration, abuse the law then later turn to the international community after been disciplined by the police.
Mustapha Bandi opined that, the NPP is disgracing and destroying the country internationally and because of that Ghanaians would not forgive them.
Versatile and award winning Entertainment Show host, Agyemang Prempeh of Accra/London based Radio Station, Rainbow Radio, has toppled his fellow entertainment show hosts, Akwesi Aboagye, Dr. Cann, Sammy Flex and Londona to maintain his position as the Entertainment Show Host of the year 2015, at the just ended Radio and Television Personality Awards.
Aygemang Prempeh is undoubtedly the most organized entertainment show host in the country at the moment, with his unique presentation and questioning skills.
The master craft presenter was tipped for the award right after nominations were released by Big Events Ghana for the this year’s event, and by far he has stood firm, strong and favorite among all the rest.
Prior to announcing the winner for the award at the colourful event yesterday, the audience kept screaming Aygemang nie Rainbow nie, which was evident of how listeners and Ghanaians in general believed in the Aygemang brand as the best entertainment show host.
Aygemang Prempeh receiving the award, gave appreciation to God Almighty, his teaming fans and listeners who for the past years have trusted him for holding on the Barton as the most stylish and accomplished Entertainment Show Host on radio.
The award winner for the past 12 years, has helped shaped the entertainment industry in Ghana, he is the one who led the front of radio entertainment programme when all other radio stations were doing politics.
Aygemang Prempeh’s ability and skills on radio, has encouraged many up and coming radio presenters who look up to him as a role model, he keeps growing from strength to strength with his outstanding command on radio and quest for quality.
Aygemang Prempeh also won the Gospel Show Host of the year with his life transforming programme, Rainbow Church.
The programme has indeed inspired a lot of lives with testimonies and life changing moments through the power of the Almighty God.
Entertainment GH is aired on Saturdays, from 4:00-7:00pm with his regular panelist, Fred Kyei-Mensah, Arnold Asamaoh Baidoo, Kwesi Ernest, Root Eye, Sallyman Frimpong (Mrs), Mr. Kwame Lardy Alfred (Oxy) and Kame Ansong.
The show is proudly produced by Bike Mike head of production, Anita Quarshie, Akasi Osei Protocol, Emmanuel Laryea and Felling Mensah.
The Rainbow Church programme is aslo aired on Sundays, from 8:00-12:00 noon, the show is produced by Big Mike and Akwesi Osei Protol.
Full list of award winners
Best Radio Personality Volta Region – Sizla (Volta Premier)
Best Radio Personality Eastern Region – Londona (Emak FM)
Best Radio Personality Northern Region – Kwabena Ntow (Fiila FM)
Best Radio Personality Central Region – Mystic Man (Radio Central)
Best Radio Personality Western Region – Nana Adwoa Arthur (Sky Power)
Best Radio Personality Brong Ahafo – Collins Adu Gyamfi (Classic FM)
Best Radio Personality Ashanti Region – Ike Unpredictable (Angel FM)
Best Radio Personality Greater Accra – Bola Ray (Starr FM)
Radio Newscaster of the Year (Local Language) – Akosua Ago Aboagye Peace FM/Okay FM/Neat FM
Radio Newscaster of the Year (English Language) – Dzifa Bampoe – Joy FM
TV Female Newscaster of the Year – Fati Shaibu Ali – ETV
Radio Development Show of the Year – Oheneba Nti – Oman FM
TV Development Show Host of the Year – Gifty Anti – GTV
Radio DJ of the Year – Eddy Ray – Hello FM
Gospel Radio Show Host of the Year – Agyemang Prempeh Agyengo – Rainbow Radio
Reggae Radio Show Host of the Year – Bonti Tawala – Light FM (Kumasi)
Radio Sports Host of the Year – Kofi Asare Brako – Atinka FM
TV Sports Show Host of the Year – Patrick Osei Agyemang – Country Man Songo – Adom TV
Radio Late Afternoon Show Host of the Year – Bola Ray – Starr Drive – Starr FM
Radio Mid Morning Show Host of the Year – Kofi Kum Bilson – Peace FM
Radio Morning Show Host of the Year – Kwame Adinkra – Atinka FM
TV Morning Show Host of the Year – Patrice Amegashie – This Morning – Viasat 1
TV Current Affairs Show Host of the Year – Nana Ansah Kwao – Joy TV
Radio News Programme of the Year – Mid-day News – Peace FM
TV News Programme of the Year – UTV News
Radio Entertainment Show Host of the Year – Agyemang Prempeh – Rainbow Radio
Radio Talk Show Host of the Year – Kaba – Asempa FM
TV Entertainment Male Show Host of the Year – George Quaye – GHOne TV
TV Female Entertainment Show Host of the Year – Stacy Amoateng – Restoration With Stacy – TV3
TV Reality Show of the Year – Miss Malaika Ghana – GHOne
Local Series of the Year – PayDay – UTV
TV Sports Show of the Year – Fire for Fire – Adom TV
Female Radio Host of the Year – Afia Pokua – Adom FM
Female TV Presenter of the Year – Maame Yeboah Asiedu – UTV
Radio Sports Programme of the Year – Matured and Academic Sports – Metro FM (Kumasi)
Radio Morning Show of the Year – Kokrokoo – Peace FM
TV Morning Show of the Year – Adekye Nsroma – UTV
Radio Program of the Year – Kokrokoo – Peace FM
TV Program of the Year – Adekye Nsroma – UTV
The General Secretary of opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that, the continuous mismanagement and reckless borrowing by the Mahama led administration cannot sustain our economy and therefore the only way to rescue the country’s economy, from the incompetent NDC government is for Ghanaians to vote out the NDC come 2016.
Kwabena Agyapong critised the Mahama led administration and the NDC for the huge debt it has accrued compelling Ghanaians to live under very harsh economic conditions.
Speaking on UK based radio station, Amansan FM, the Chief Scribe said “this sad mismanagement of our finances and reckless borrowing cannot be sustained and that only a change of government will rescue the country’’.
Mr. Agyapong could not understand why a country like Poland would raise an amount of 1.7 billion dollars at 0.94% at international market and Ghana will go to the same market and borrow at 10.75%, he described it as ridiculous and unrealistic.
He indicated that the current situation has positioned Ghana as an hig risk country which no investor would want to invest, ‘’we are a high risk country and a no go area for investors.”
The General Secretary criticized the way the country was being run and said every Ghanaian now owes GHC3, 500 as compared to GHC400 when NPP left office in 2009.
He has therefore admonished party supporters to close ranks and work very hard to get the whole country behind the flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo and all NPP parliamentary candidates to win massively in 2016.
Mr. Agyapong said, ‘’every member must be prepared for victory. We must go everywhere in Ghana whether stronghold or not; to every room, house, street corner, kiosk, school, salon, taxi rank, trotro station, shop, factory, village , palace, church and mosques for the votes”
Mr. Agyepong was in the UK to represent the party and the flagbearer Nana Akufo- Addo at the Conservative Party Conference held in Manchester,
His Excellency John Dramai Mahama last Tuesday appeared on Conflict Zone, a flagship TV programme on DW TV to answer very tough questions on Ghana’s latest judicial scandal, corruption, the economy and Ghana’s latest disputes with ICC.
The host, Tim Sebastian, asked Mahama very tough questions as whether he was doing enough to deepen democracy as President.