Electorates in some electoral areas in the Ashanti Region were left stranded after officers of the Electoral Commission EC failed to show up at the various polling stations to conduct the District Assembly elections
The election materials which were expected to be at the polling stations before 7:00 a-m had not arrived as of the time of writing this report at 9:00 a-m
Dozens of electoral areas in the Kwadaso constituency, Atwima Nwabiagya South constituency, Nhyieso constituency and other areas did not take part of the voting process.
Six electoral areas in the Kwadaso constituency, including Atwiman Takyiman-Denkyemuoso Electoral Area, Kwadaso Electoral Area, Kwadaso North, Ohwimase, Apatrapa New site and Wamase-Apire did not vote.
At the Atwima Nwabiagya South constituency, Manhyia, Nkawie Kuma, Nkawie Panin, Toase, Nerebehi, Mim and Asenemaso Electoral Areas had their voting process truncated.
Some Assembly Member aspirants, in an interview with OTEC News reporter Jacob Agyenim Boateng said voting couldn’t have been possible because the EC failed to print enough ballot papers for the process
They revealed that, officials of the EC told them barely two hours to the polls.
They expressed their dismay about ECs failure to organize the elections in their Electoral Areas and called for swift intervention.
The Electoral Commission (EC) scheduled Tuesday December 19, 2023 for the election of Assembly members and unit committee members across the country.
Prior to the election, the EC said they were ready to conduct the polls adding that materials were ready to be distributed to all Electoral areas.
Over 66,000 individuals are competing for assembly and unit committee positions in the upcoming local polls.
The Electoral Commission’s statistics indicate 18,755 assembly member candidates and 47,502 unit committee member candidates, totaling 66,257 candidates.
Contrary to what EC said, dozens of electoral areas in the Ashanti Region could not vote due to non-availability of ballot papers
Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Jacob Agyenim Boatemg, Kumasi.