Assembly Polls: Voter turnout generally low

Polls have closed in today’s district assembly elections with many of the centres recording a disappointing turnout.

Reports from Kasapa FM correspondents say Presiding officers lazed about in some areas due to the low turnout.

The Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, in a reaction to the development on GHOne TV said:”I am disappointed but not surprised.”

For instance in the Ayawaso area, most polling stations recorded less than 10% of the expected numbers on the voters’ register, reports say.

Earlier in the day, confusion engulfed two polling stations at Trom electoral Area in the New Juaben south municipality over the position of candidates on ballot papers in the ongoing district-level polls.

One of the candidates, Ernest Afrifa withdrew from the race few weeks to the polls. The EC assured his name will not be on the ballot.  Therefore, the fourth Candidate-Edward Brobbey-Gyasi on the initial list was to be placed third on the ballot, however that did not happen.

This created confusion as supporters of the Edward Brobbey-Gyasi agitated against the EC for deception.

According to them, they campaigned on number three(#3) position based on the assurance by the EC that he will be placed on the third position.

The disagreement lingered on for a while delaying the voting process for an hour but both candidates reached an agreement with the EC official to fold and clip off the third candidate who stepped down.

Source:Ghana/ FM

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