Special voting still faces challenges

A Security officer going through the electoral process.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

A Security officer going through the electoral process.

The window of opportunity given to those who were unable to exercise their franchise in the special voting last Wednesday, was still met with challenges, as some voters, could still not find their names on the list yesterday at the various polling stations across the country.
At the Adenta polling station, eligible voters, including the police, fire and prisons and personnel could not find their names on the special voters list, and most left the polling station disappointed.
The EC officials, however, explained that those whose names were not captured on the list would have the opportunity to cast their votes on Wednesday, December 7.
However, those whose names have been captured on the special voters list but failed to exercise their franchise would not have the opportunity to vote on Wednesday, December 7, as their names would be placed on the absent list.

Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi reports that majority of security personnel who thronged the various polling stations yesterday to cast their vote on the second leg of the special voting were disappointed as they could not find their names in the register.
According to the security personnel, they went to the polling stations as early as 6am to join long queues only to be told later that their names were missing from the register.
A visit by The Ghanaian Times to some of the polling stations in Accra revealed the frustrations of many security personnel who left the scenes dejected.
Others were turned away because they could not find their names and were seen leaving the premises.
The Presiding Officer at the Ayawaso East electoral area Mr Azila Innocent, told The Ghanaian Times that they were expecting a total of 14 people to cast their votes yesterday.
He said 334 people voted in the special voting exercise last Thursday.
As of the time of going to press, 17 people had voted.
The Presiding Officer at Ayawaso Central polling station, Mr Gladstone Agboada said 268 people were expected to cast their votes.
He said last Thursday, 555 people cast their votes in the area.
He said most security personnel were turned back since their names could not be found in the registered voters.
A security officer who did not want to be named appealed to the Police Administration to put in place measures to enable those affected who have already voted to be posted out to ensure that personnel cast their votes.
Alberto Mario Noretti reports from Ho, that less than an hour after the special voting exercise resumed in the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC) in Ho yesterday, it emerged that some names were still missing from the voter register.
The exercise took off at 7am as scheduled and by 7.48am, 12 of the special voters were turned away because their names could not be found in the register.
One policeman’s name was later found after he insisted that the EC officials should look through the register again meticulously.
Another policeman, whose name could not be found in the register got so infuriated that he hit his voter identity card hard on the table.
One other special voter said that he had voted in the last special elections at the same polling station without any hindrance, and sought to know what had rubbed off his name on the register this time.
As at 8am, a total of the 28 special voters out of the expected 771 had exercised their franchise.
Some whose names could not be found said that they had lost interest in the exercise entirely.
The EC’s presiding officer at the station, Mr Moses Gemey, said that some of the special voters submitted their names for the exercise at their workplaces, “So we are not sure whether their employer submitted the lists to the EC in good time”.
At the Osu polling station in the Klottey Korley Constituency, 53 voters had cast their votes as at 4pm, reports Lawrence Markwei. A total of 934 others voted on Thursday.

A polling assistant, Isaac Adu-Darko, said a total of 997 voters out of 1397 had so far cast their vote during the two-day exercise.

At the Kotobabi Police station in the Ayawaso Central Constituency, the Presiding Officer, Mr Gladstone Agboada, said 51 voters had cast their vote, bringing the total to 606 out of the expected 823 voters.

Godfred Blay Gibbah reports from Tema that some eligible voters could not still vote because their names were not in the list provided.

At the Community 8 Police Station polling station designated for the Tema Central Constituency, 23 persons voted as at 1:16pm. On Thursday 301 people voted.

Twenty others including security personnel and temporal staff of EC could not vote because their names could not be found in the list.

The Presiding Officer, Mr. Isaac Asamoah, said some of those affected later found their names in the Constituency Book, which would be used on December 7, meaning that they could come to vote on that day.

He however hoped that the security personnel among them could be deployed for duty in the constituency.

At the Community 1 Police station where those from Tema East voted 30 people voted as at 2:09pm.

The Presiding Officer, Mr. Samuel Jerry Ankomah, said 10 people could not find their names in the list provided.


By Times Reporters

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