The people of Amenfi West Constituency in the Western Region are voting today in a by-election to choose a Member of Parliament for the area.
Four people, New Patriotic Party’s Paul Dekyi, National Democratic Congress’ Eric Afful, Progressive People’s Party’s Abraham Kudjo Buadee and United Front Party’s Elvis Adjei, are contesting in the elections.
The seat became vacant following the death of the Member of Parliament for the area, John Gyetuah, in October. The NDC MP was laid to rest at the weekend.
Polls are expected to start at 7:00AM in all the 102 polling station where 62,000 registered voters are to cast their vote in the 10-hour election which has brought in its wake, a sudden drastic road construction within the constituency.
Feeder roads within the constituency, particularly Asankragua, have been asphalted while those in deplorable state have also been given a facelift by the government in what observers say are intended to influence the voters to vote for the NDC’s candidate.
As at late Monday night and Tuesday dawn, construction work was busily ongoing at Asankragua.
Meanwhile, electoral materials are to be delivered at all the polling centres within the constituency before 7:00AM. The Electoral Commission told TV3 Monday night that electoral materials and security personnel have been moved to two of the three zones which are in the remote part of the constituency and will be delivered at the various centres Tuesday dawn.
“We are very much ready” Amadu Sulley who is a Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations at the EC told TV3, noting that all the EC met all the representatives of the political parties have crosschecked the serial numbers of the ballot papers and also to affixed their seals on the ballot boxes.
He said the EC would be using the BVDs to verify voters saying, “At each polling centre, we are going to have two BVDs”.