Confusion, voter apathy rock district level elections

Voting in some constituencies in the District Level Elections across the country has been characterised by confusion and low voter turnout.

A tour of some polling stations by TV3 correspondents showed voter apathy with few polling centres registering confusion as a result of late arrival of electoral materials and suspension of voting

A total of 18,885 candidates are contesting to become assembly members while 43,585 people are vying to become unit committee members.

Voting started at 7:00am Tuesday and is scheduled to end at 5:00pm.

At seven polling stations in the Kenyasi West Electoral area in the Ashanti Region, voting was suspended due to the omission of one of the aspirant’s photo on the ballot paper.

“One of the Unit Committee Members contesting had his name on the ballot without his photo,” Ibrahim Abubakar, Ashanti Regional correspondent told Martin Asiedu-Dartey on TV3’s Mid Day Live

Although the issue had to do with the Unit Committee Election, the EC officials were forced to cancel voting in the Assembly Member election as well, notwithstanding the demand of the angry voters.

Abubakar reported that the angry residents stormed the EC office at Mamponteng to demand that they are allowed to vote in the Assembly election but EC officials turned that down their demand.

“They were demanding that the EC allow them to vote for the assembly members so that they continue with the Unit Committee election tomorrow” but the EC disagreed, he reported.

He said it took the intervention of the Mampong District Police Command to disperse the angry crowd. They were demanding when they will be voting.

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According to him, it is not clear when the election will come on, as EC officials are yet to speak on the matter. “Most of them are angry saying whether tomorrow or the next day they will not vote because they dedicated their time to vote today,” Abubakar said.

Touching on the level of turnout in the region, he said the level of voter apathy in the areas he visited was so high.

From Maamobi and Nima, Narkwor Kwabla reported that delays in the distribution of electoral materials caused chaos at some polling stations in the area.

Voting was yet to start in about 14 polling stations as at 12:00 due to the absence of voting materials. “They were very angry that they didn’t see anything so they move to the coalition centre,” Ms. Kwabla reported

She said the presiding officers in the 14 polling stations could not be reach to come for the materials, hence the delays in the distribution.

The police had to intervene, and conveyed the electoral materials for those polling stations to the Kotobabi Police Station for safekeeping until the EC decides what to do next.