The people of Jaman North constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region will today, Thursday December 8, vote in Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary election.
The poll in the constituency was pushed from Wednesday to Thursday by the Electoral Commission (EC) for security reasons.
The postponement became necessary following disagreement over the transferred voters’ list.
Members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) prevented the voting from continuing because of a disparity in the number of voters on the transfer list which was provided to the parties and the Electoral Commission’s copy.
While the number of transferred voters on the EC list was five that on the list provided to the political parties was 506.
Early on Wednesday, the various political parties and the District Security Council (DISEC) in the area agreed to postpone the voting to Thursday.
The EC, however, rejected the decision to postpone the election because the commission was not consulted and ordered that voting should continue.
However, in a U-turn, the EC’s Director of Electoral Services, Samuel Tetteh, told journalists in a press conference: “Several efforts by our officers to move materials to the 92 polling centres in the constituency were unsuccessful. The security teams on the field could not guarantee a safe environment for the polls to continue. As a result of the safety challenge, the commission has decided to reschedule the election at the Jaman North constituency to Thursday December 8, 2016, and as usual, voting will start at 7am to 5pm at all polling stations in the Jaman North constituency.”