The Tain constituency was the last of 230 nationwide to vote. Polling in the constituency was halted on Sunday because of problems with ballot distribution.

"They have finished the election in Tain and they are beginning  to count the votes," Theodore Dzeble, a spokesman for a local observer coalition CODEO, said.

Outgoing president

John Kufuor, the outgoing president of Ghana, who is stepping down after his maximum two terms in office, called on all sides to respect the outcome of the election.

Kufuor underlined the importance of meeting the constitutional timetable for the handover of power on January 7.

"I urge all stakeholders to yield to the authority of  the electoral commissioner when he declares the results," Kufuor  said.

"Any outstanding issues may be settled later by due process," he added, referring to claims and counter-claims of electoral  irregularities.

Kufuor also appealed for calm until the results were announced.

Kwado Afari-Gyan, the electoral commission chief, said earlier he would release the results from Tain, a western district bordering  Ivory Coast, as soon as they came in.

Officials said Afari-Gyan would likely announce the results Saturday.