Ghanaians yesterday cast ballot at 29,000 polling stations throughout the country, to elect a President and 275 Members of Parliament (MPs), in an election that was preceded by intense campaigning by various political parties.
About 15.8 million voters on the national voters’ register were projected to make their choices, and correspondents of The Ghanaian Times filed reports on the voting, from the regions.
Kafui Gati reports from Peki -Dzake, in the South Dayi Constituency in the Volta Region, that voting had stated at 7.am and was orderly despite long queues of voters at most polling stations.
At Kpeve Old Town JSS polling station, also in the constituency, 42 out of 167 voters had voted as at 11 am, and at Tsate EP Primary polling station, 50 voters had cast their ballot. At Peki Dzake EP JSS polling station, 140 voters had voted, while at Peki Avetile EP JSS, 70 voters had cast their ballot.
Electoral Commission (EC) personnel, polling agents of the various political parties and security personnel were busy performing their duties.
Mr. Moris Hene, the presiding officer at Peki Dzake, said voting went on peacefully.
The Ghanaian Times observed that most voters returned home after casting the ballot and were expected back for counting of votes after 5 pm.
The reporter visited polling stations at the Ho Central Constituency – Shai, Atikpui, Klave, and there was no report of foreigners casting ballot.
Alberto Mario Noretti, reports from Ho that scores of eager voters in the Ho Municipality turned up at polling stations before 7am to cast ballot.
At the STC Terminal ‘A’ polling station, voters were already in a meandering queue as early as 4 am.
As at 10.23 am, 191 of the registered 798 voters at the polling station had peacefully exercised their franchise.
At the Pentecost Church Ho-Dome ‘A’ polling station, EC officials were set to break the seals of the ballot boxes as at 6.29am.
At the District Assembly Offices Hliha Polling Station, the exercise took off smoothly at 7.24am and 179 voters had voted as at 11.05 am.
At the Ho-Ahoe Market polling station, where some people had queued since dawn, Mr. Eric Bruku, the Presiding Officer, craved the indulgence of voters in the queue to cooperate with the EC officials to give preferential treatment to the physically challenged, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Voting commenced at the Temporal Booth Ho Hliha Polling Station ‘A’ at 7am, and at the L.A. JHS Ho-Bankoe ‘A’ polling station, 134 voters out of 566 voters had exercised their franchise as at 10.03 am.
According the Presiding Officer, Mr. Frank Denakpor, there was no unpleasant incident.
Kingsley E. hope, reports from Kumasi that voting in the Ashanti Region was generally peaceful, with almost all stores and business entities in the Kumasi Metropolis were closed as voters went to the polls to cast ballot.
One could easily count the number of vehicles plying the streets of Adum, the hub of business in the metropolis, Asafo market and Bantama.
There was calm at Asawase, Aboabo Number One and Two, however, an attempt by some people to share Kalypo drink at Ampababeng primary polling station, in the Atwima Kwnawoma constituency, was foiled by another section of the crowd.
Voters started queuing as early as 3:00am at some polling stations, including Buokrom M/A primary ‘B’ cluster of polling stations, where 412 voters out of 2,471 voters had voted as at 9:00am.
At Buokrom JHS cluster ‘A’, 459 voters out of 2,027 voters had voted by 10:00am, while at Brahabebome polling station, 236 voters out of 881 voters had voted at 10:30.
At Adukrom Presby ‘A’ polling station, 250 voters out of 758 voters had cast ballot at 9:45 am while at Adukrom Presby B 300 voters out of 850 voters had voted as at 10:15am.
From Wa, Cliff Ekuful reports that there was calm in the Upper West Regional capital, Wa, as many voters tried to exercise their franchise.
When The Ghanaian Times visited some polling stations, voting was observed to be going on smoothly with EC officials and political party agents carrying out their duties diligently.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Party (NDP), the Conversation People’s (CPP) the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC) were represented at the polling stations.
At the Wa Vetinary Office polling station, the presiding officer, Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, said 320 voters were expected to cast ballot, and as at 8:25am, 32 voters had voted.
At the Jujudiyiri Temporary booth polling station, out of 121 voters expected to vote, only 33 voters had cast ballots as at 8:35am.
At 8.55am, 47 voters out of 444 voters had voted at Wa Circuit Court A, while at Wa Circuit Court B, 56 voters out of 465 voters cast their ballot.
From Bolgatanga, A. A. Mbord reports that generally, voting in the Upper East Region started peacefully.
As at 8 am, when The Ghanaian Times visited 20 polling stations within the Bolgatanga-Central and East constituencies, voters had formed long and winding queues to cast their votes.
However, at the Talensi Constituency, confusion erupted, but it was quickly quelled by the police and military.
Reports reaching The Ghanaian Times from Bawku, Binduri, Pusiga, Garu, and Zebilla, indicated that voters waited patiently for their turn to vote.
Clement Adzei Boye, writes from Anaji–Takoradi, in the Western Region, that long queues characterised voting at 2,941 polling stations in 26 constituencies in the region, where 1,579,750 people were expected to elect a President and 108 Parliamentarians.
Reports indicated that, as early as 4am, anxious voters had queued at various polling stations to cast their votes, while EC officials, security personnel and political party agents were effectively carrying out their duties.
When The Ghanaian Times visited that Club Ayas A and B polling stations at Anaji SSNIT Flats at about 5am, long queues had been formed by anxious voters.
As at about 7.30am, 20 people had voted at Anaji SSNIT Flats and at the TTI A and B polling stations, out of 543 voters, 30 voters had voted at about 7:55am.
Voting was peaceful at the TIMBOD, Number Nine–Effia, New Site, ‘T’ Poly and Star of the Sea polling stations.
The Presiding Officer at TIMBOD, Augustina Boye, said as at 8.10am, 21 people had voted .
Presiding Officer Augustus Osae, at the Cocoa Training School East polling station at Essikado, said that 107 voters out of 519 people had voted at 9. 41am.
The Presiding Officer at the Cocoa Training School West, Mr. Joseph Osae, said that two voters, who were involved in multiple registration were not allowed to vote.
The Western Regional Director of the EC, Mr. Stephen Opoku-Mensah, said voting in the region was peaceful, indicating “so far it had been good, smooth and encouraging, especially with the voter turnout”.
From Tamale, Yakubu Abdul-Majeed reports that voting started smoothly in most polling stations in the Tamale Central, Tamale South and Zabzugu constituencies in the Northern Region.
As early as 4am, long queues were seen at the Dabokpah Central Mosque and Kalipohini Senior High polling stations.
At the Zabzugu L/A Primary, Musah Sulle, who was in queues at 6 am, told The Ghanaian Times that he got to the polling at 3am, to enable him to cast his vote as early as a possible in order to go back to do his normal business.
The Presiding Officer at the Zabzugu L/A Primary school polling station, Mr. Abukari Osman, stated that there were no difficulties at the time of the reporter’s visit at the station at about 10 am.
Mr. Abukari mentioned that 152 people had cast their votes at about 10:30 am.
At Nurul Anwal polling station in the Yendi constituency, the Presiding Officer Mr. Yakubu Sule said 401 out of the 692 voters had voted at about 3:45 pm
He indicated the process went on smoothly and no single challenge was recorded in the station at the time of visit of the reporter at the station.
The Presiding Officer, Naya Yakubu at the Chichire polling station in Yendi, said that 618 cast their votes as at about 4pm.