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Voting continues today in areas where Tuesday’s district elections were called off

Voting continues today in areas where Tuesday’s district elections were called off

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The Electoral Commission (EC) will today, Wednesday, hold the district level elections in some electoral areas where polls were not held during the nationwide exercise on Tuesday.

The polls would be conducted between 7 am and 5 pm in the affected areas.

According to the Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr Sereboe Quarcoo, the extension has become necessary due to the challenges which were faced in the affected areas.

In some areas such as Tema Central, the images of the candidates were wrongly placed on the ballot paper. The election was thus put on hold.

In an interview on Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, Dr Quarcoe said “Looking at the numbers, some challenges were encountered and we are going to do those elections on Wednesday. For Tema, we were able to print the ballot papers but we were a bit late. They finished around 8 [am] and the candidates agreed that it was a bit late so it should be postponed.”

Dr. Quarcoo, however, described Tuesday’s process as largely successful. Meanwhile, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) gave a generally favourable initial assessment of the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections held on Tuesday.

In its midday situational statement, it, however, noted that there were some logistics challenges at about half of the polling stations visited.

CODEO said at the time of the setting up of polling stations, all materials needed for the elections were available in 50.2 per cent of polling stations.

For example, electoral officers at various polling stations in the La Dadekotopon Constituency in the Greater Accra Region complained about the Electoral Commission’s inability to provide some logistics for the district level elections.

The polls at the Sokpayiri electoral area in the Wa municipality of the Upper Region were cancelled because the officials did not have ballot papers.

“Observers reported unavailability of the following voting materials in some polling stations at the time of set-up,” the statement said. SOURCE: citinewsroom.com

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