Voters throughout the country yesterday cast their ballot at 29,000 polling stations, to elect a President and 275 Members of Parliament (MPs), after intensive and elaborate electioneering by various political parties. The election was generally peaceful and smooth.
In the Greater Accra Region, 3,063,986 voters out of about 15.8 million voters on the national voters’ register, were expected to make their choices.
Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi reports from Nsawam Medium Security Prisons, in the Eastern Region, that at 7.30am, 63 inmates out of 366 inmates of the prisons, on the voters’ register, had exercised their franchise.
The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) Vitalis Aiyeh told The Ghanaian Times that 2,192 prisoners were registered for the limited registration across the country, but some of them received amnesty while others completed their sentence and had left the prisons.
DSP Aiyeh said as at 7:30am, 40 male prisoners and 23 females inmates have exercised their franchise, stating that it was the second time prisoners were voting, the first was in 2012.
At Darmang, 1,086 were expected to vote and Adoagyiri Quarry Electoral Area, near Nsawam in the Eastern Region, voting was going on smoothly as voters were seen patiently in queues at 7:00am.
Security personnel, Electoral Commission (EC) officials and polling agents were spotted at the polling stations early, while the elderly, pregnant and physically challenged were given the priority to cast their ballot early.
Voting was peacefully at the Ablekuma North Constituency, and Evans Beeko, a polling agent at Nyamekye Pentecost Polling Station, said voters had formed queues at dawn, before the arrival of EC officials and security agencies.
Voting was smooth at the ICGC Open gate Chapel at Baatsona, on the Spintex Road in Accra, where two polling stations were located, reports Jim MaCauley.
According to Nana Kesewa Yeboah, presiding officer of the Polling Station A, voting started exactly at 7am and was smooth.
She said a voter was found to have registered twice and was, therefore, turned away.
As at 11am, 166 people had cast their votes out of the 687 names on the voters register.
At the Polling Station B, the presiding officer, Mr. Emmanuel Adjei, said the polls similarly commenced at 7am, and no challenges encountered.
He said the verification devices were working efficiently and the entire process was going on smoothly.
According to him, out of the 660 names on the register, 172 people had already voted as at 11am.
Mr. Adjei commended the party agents and the security personnel for their co-operation as it made the work easy.
Only two of the political parties contesting the election, the NDC and NPP, had polling agents present. Mr. Adjei also praised the voters for generally comporting themselves.
Claude Nyarko Adams writes that voting at the La Dadekotopon constituency was delayed for more than one hour due to the late arrival of electoral materials at the various polling stations.
Hundreds of anxious voters, who started queuing at the polling stations at about 3am with stones and gallons, were compelled to wait until 8:20am before the exercise began.
Voting at polling stations at Boiler Top, Kojo Sardine Trotro A and B and La Kpanaa was without violence or confusion as voters joined queues in readiness to vote.
At the Cantonment Police Barracks Polling Station, some civilians in the queue were visibly angered by the decision to allow police personnel, who could not cast thier ballot during last week’s special voting.
Frank Okyere Preko, Presiding Officer at the polling station, assured the voters of a smooth process, explaining that the decision was to enable the personnel vote before heading to their various duty posts.
The First Lady, Lordina Mahama, arrived at the Cantonment polling station, to cast her ballot ay 11:45am, and urged all registered voters to cast their vote.
Julius Yao Petetsi reports that hundreds of voters at Odododiodoo constituency endured the long winding queues in the scotching sun, as others took cover under shades of high rise buildings, to cast their ballot.
At about 8am, when The Ghanaian Times visited the Kantamanto Polling Station, voting was underway, and at the Bukom Square Polling Station, the electorates were seen in two long parallel queues.
The atmosphere was no different at the James Town Polling Station as agents of the political parties briskly perused the electoral register as against the ones in the custody of the officers of the EC to ensure everything tallied.
From Swag Polling Station at the Ablekuma West Constituency, Bernard Benghan reports that voting commenced peacefully at 7.15 am, amidst security presence, and as early as 5am voters were in queues waiting for EC officials.
Some voters who spoke to The Ghanaian Times said they arrived early in order to cast their ballot to enable them go to work.
At the Dansoman Police Polling Station also in the constituency, at 8.00am, about 400 people were in the queue, following the electoral process, to cast their ballot.
A combined team of police and military personnel were present to ensure law and order, and polling agents of the various political parties were also spotted monitoring proceedings.
Salifu Abdul-Rahaman reports that there was a high voter turnout at the Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfrom and Weija Gbawe constituencies in the Ga South Municipality as people formed queues at polling stations as early as 4: 00 a.m.
Some voters had kept vigil at the Christian Methodist Senior High School, Nii Salifu Ayittah Junior High School, New Aplaku M/A 1 and 2 Basic School polling stations, while some children joined queues for their parents.
Voting started on a good note in the presence of the polling agents, but not without hitches that delayed the start of the polls.
It was opportunities for others to do business as they mounted trading post close by, to sell snacks to voters who had come very early to queue.
At the Christian Methodist Church, voting started at about 7:20 am because the political party agents insisted to take records of the serial numbers on the ballot papers and bar codes.
When The Ghanaian Times visited the University College of Management Studies A and B polling stations at Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfrom, at 7:45 am, 85 people had cast their votes.
At the High Tension Polling Station in the Weija Gbawe Constituency, the Presiding Officer, who gave his name as Emmanuel, said voting started at 7:00 am, and 78 voters cast their votes without any difficulties as at 8:40am.
Voting at Mmaanpehia in the Domeabra Obom Constituency in the Ga South Municipality was also smooth.
From Tema, Godfred Blay Gibbah reports that turn up in yesterday’s general election was high in the Tema Metropolis.
As early as 4:30am, voters, including the elderly and people with disability, started queuing at polling stations to vote.
At the Republic Road JHS Polling Station in Tema Central Constituency, voting started at 7:00am after election officials displayed empty ballot boxes to voters present before the commencement of voting.
The Presiding Officer, Emmanuel Brew Daniels, said 105 voters out of 544 voters had cast thier ballot as at 8:00am.
At GTP Primary Centre A, Robert Jackson, presiding officer, said 50 people voted by 8:50am, but one person was manually verified before voting as the biometric verification machine could not verify her.
Enthusiastic voters began queuing as early as 4am at their respective polling stations at Bortianor,-Ngleshie -Amanfrom constituency, reports Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey.
Voters at the Bortianor–Shiloh Preparatory school polling station had queued before 6am, when the electoral officials arrived for polling to begin at 7:05am.
At about 10:am, The Ghanaian Times gathered that about 300 voters had cast their ballot, while at the Bortianor Methodist Church A polling station, voters had queued to vote.
From Ablekuma Central Constituency, Castro Zangina-Tong reports that the election was peaceful as at the time the Ghanaian Times went round some polling stations to assess the situation yesterday in the morning.
Whilst there were long queues at some polling stations at about 7:30 am, others too, were virtually empty.
Perhaps, the voters were engaged in other business and waiting to cast their votes later in the afternoon.
Those who contested as parliamentary candidates are Mr. Alfred Nartey-Agbo, Progressive People’s Party (PPP); Alhaji Haruna Halidu, National Democratic Congress (NDC); Mr. Ebenezer Gilbert Nii Narh Nartey, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Madam Elizabeth Kye, National Democratic Party (NDP).
Unfortunately the Presiding Officer at the Abossey Okai Methodist Primary ‘A” Polling Station, Mr. Reginald Adams was allegedly attacked by four machomen without any provocation.
All the presiding Officers at the Town Council Line, Mataheko, Nmenmeete, Agbortsui, and Abossey Okai Electoral Areas polling stations said that they had enough electoral materials for the exercise.
At the time of filing this report the Ablekuma Central Constituency had not recorded any nasty incident with regard to the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
At Anya, Charles Amankwah, reports that voting at the Abibiman Complex School at Ablekuma in the Anyaa-Sowutoum Constituency started around 8:50 a.m. as voting materials arrived late.
Officials and security personnel sending the materials to the centre could not locate the place on time and they had to be met on the way by the polling officials at the centre who directed them to the station.
Meanwhile there were anxious voters, some of whom arrived at the centre as earlier as 2 a.m., while others got there at 12 midnight but kept vigil and waited to cast their votes.
The centre was divided into two polling stations because of the huge number of voters of about 1,400, but the process moved fast.
There were party agents from the NPP, NDC, PPP, and NDP who expressed satisfaction with the smooth voting process, and there were also two security officers at the polling station to ensure peace.
At the Crusade Academy at A-Lang also under the Anyaa-Sowutuom Constituency, voting started quite on time as voting materials arrived at 7:30 a.m. The stations have been divided into A and B.
Electoral Officers at the station initially had problems in starting the Biometric Verification Device (BVD) which earlier on could not pick or scan bar code but it was later fixed.
They arrived at the polling station very early with the Presiding officer arriving there as early as 4: 30a.m. and met a long queue of anxious voters some of whom slept at the station.
At the centre were representatives of the NDC, NPP, PPP, PNC and CPP who together expressed satisfaction about the process.
Sixteen out of 601 registered voters in the register had voted as at 8:06a.m. at the Crusade Station A, while 15 out of 500 registered voters had voted at the Crusade Station B around the same time.
Some of the voters who had the chance to vote early were elated and proud to cast their ballot as patriotic citizens.
Enoch Ntiamoah reports that elections at the Awutu Senya East Constituency in the Central Region recorded a high turn out with electorates queuing as early as 4:00am.
When The Ghanaian Times arrived at the centre at around 5:00 am, about 500 people were in a queue at the Step to Christ Preparatory School polling station to cast their votes in a very quite manner.
Security personnel at the area were virtually on a holiday as the area remained calm and those who cast their votes immediately left the scene.
Though the first two centres were very quiet, it was not the same at the Kasoa Old Police station centre where security officers at the station had a tough time controlling the number of people who had come to cast their votes over the queue.
Dr. Adams Nuhu of the National Democratic Congress and the incumbent New Patriotic Party Candidate, Mavis Hawa Koomson are the front runners in the constituency.
Julius Yao Petetsi reports that hundreds of voters at the Odododiodoo constituency endured the long winding queues in the scotching sun as others took cover under shades of high rise buildings, to cast their ballot.
At about 8:00 a.m. when The Ghanaian Times got to the Kantamanto polling station, polls were underway, and at the Bukom Square polling station, voters were seen in two long parallel queues.
The atmosphere was not different at the James Town polling station as agents of the political parties briskly perused the electoral register as against the ones in the custody of the officers of the EC to ensure everything tallied.
From Okai Kwei South Constituency, Luther King Owusu-Amoah reports of a calm atmosphere in most centres. As at 7:15am the voting process had begun in Cable and Wireless polling Station in the Kantseian Electoral Area with a long queue.
There were two queues – one which attended to the elderly, pregnant women and disabled and the other for the youth.
At the Kaneshie Kingsway West compound, the voting process was going on smoothly with queues moving fast as at 8am. A lady who found her picture without her name was not allowed to vote which resulted in a near confrontation but the Presiding Officer (P.O) stepped in to resolve the issue.
At Red Light Bubuashie A, the Presiding Officer, Prince Kwabena Boateng said all electoral materials were ready before voting started at 7:00. He however complained that he had to use his money to hire canopies to serve as sheds for the electoral officials and voters.
As of 10:05am, out of the 544 registered voters, 132 had cast their ballot. Two officials at Red Light Bubuashie B were absent but Ms. Evangelina Ampomah Kwakyi, the presiding officer said their absence was not causing any problem because the polling agents were helping her. She disclosed to Ghanaian Times that out of the 585 registered voters, 202 had cast their votes as at 10:30am.
At Datus Montessori A, the presiding officer who spoke under condition of anonymity indicated that 147 had voted out of 595, adding that “the process has been smooth”.
At the Bubui Electoral Area, the Global Revival Church Polling station around Atico was busy with officials attending to their duties while electorates where calm joining the queue. Mothers Pride Polling Station was calm as at 1pm.
Mr. Percy Thomas Asare, the presiding officer of the Pentecost 1 Polling Station told Ghanaian Times that out of 776 registered voters, 415 had voted as at 3:20pm.
Michael D. Abayateye reports that elections at the Ada East Constituency in the Greater Accra Region begun on a very quiet note as most polling stations recorded low turn out.
At the Luhuese DC Primary School Polling Station, about 10 people were in a queue to cast their votes in a very peaceful and organised atmosphere.
The Kpomkpo polling station saw a little improvement as about 15 people were waiting patiently to cast their votes.
Security personnel at the area were virtually on a holiday as the area remained calm and those who cast their votes immediately left the scene.
Incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Social and Allied Institutions, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah was contesting for re-election.