BY: News Desk | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Voting has commenced across 2,239 polling stations in all 18 Constituencies of the Volta region as Ghanaians go to the polls today, Monday December 7, 2020 to elect a president and 275 parliamentarians.
About 924,116 eligible voters are expected to cast their ballot in the presidential and parliamentary election in the region, which has been the stronghold of the opposition NDC.
Volta Online checks at some constituencies showed the exercise took off smoothly with high turnout of voters.
In the Ho Central constituency where about 102,626 are expected to vote in 248 polling stations, some voters arrived at the centres as early as 4:00am so they can cast their vote early and get back home.
Though many of the voters were in their nose masks in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, there was very little adherence to the social distancing protocols.
Vivian Dzoboku reports from the Agortime-Ziope Constituency;
There are queues in most polling centres in the Agortime-Ziope Constituency few hours after voting started.
Voting started at about 7:00am at most of the centres with a few starting minutes after due to delay in getting materials to some centres and setting up.
At Assembly Hall Kpetoe 1&2 polling stations there are 546 and 466 number of registered voters in the register respectfully.
Assembly Hall Kpetoe 1 started voting at 7:21am due to delay in getting voting materials to the polling station while Assembly Hall Kpetoe 2 started 7:03am.
There has so far been no challenges encountered. However, one person had undergone facial recognition at Assembly Hall Kpetoe 1 as at 8:00am.
Madam Lucy Agbitor a voter noted she was the first person to get to the polling station at 4:30am and she is glad to be the first to cast her vote without any challenge.
From the Keta and Anlo constituencies, Kwadwo Duodu reports;
There are queues in almost all the polling centres in the Keta and Anloga constituencies over an hour to the opening of polls. Voting started at about 7:00am at most of the centres with a few starting minutes after, due to delay in getting materials to the centre.
At Abutiakofe electoral area, in the Keta constituency the Keta Assembly, Polling Station-A has 451 voters on the roll while B has 452 on the roll.
The process has been smooth with no incidents so far.
Arron Teku, the Presiding Officer for Station B who spoke said, the process is smooth and they hope it remains so till voting closes.
A voter who gave his name as Felix says, had he known the process will be this smooth, she wouldn’t have woken up early to join the queue at 6:00am, like he did.
Rita Nedjoh reports from the South Dayi constituency where are three parliamentary candidates in the election. They are, Ernest Patrick Mallet DCE for the area and the NPP candidate, incumbent MP, Rockson Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor for the NDC and Felix Lartey of the PPP.
According to her, the process is peaceful and the queue is moving fast at the various polling stations visited. The presiding officers noted that the queue is now reducing but they are expecting long queues after 12pm. All the covid19 safety protocols are being observed.