Interest in the Sunyani Municipal/West District elections was low

Sunyani, Sept 1, GNA – Interest in the District Level Elections in some parts of the Sunyani West District and the Sunyani Municipality was very low on Tuesday, as observed by the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

This was because the usual long queues and struggle for chance to vote early by voters always associated with general elections were absent at all the polling stations visited by the GNA.

Mr. Francis Eshun, Presiding Officer (PO) of Berlin-top Electoral Area in the Sunyani West lamented that the low turn-out was not helping the nation’s democratic development.

He said as at 1400 hours, 117 voters consisting of 61 males and 56 females in a voter register of 578, had cast their votes.

Mr. Eshun said voting started at 0730 hours, saying that there had not been any queue because voters trickled in one after the other.

The situation was not different at Twene Amanfo Senior High School polling station in the Sunyani town centre, because by 1450 hours, 138 people had voted out of 906 in the register.

At all the polling centres visited by the GNA in both the Sunyani Municipality and Sunyani West, the POs complained that some of the voters came without voter identification cards, but were allowed to vote because their names and pictures were identified in the registers, while the verification machine also confirmed their biometrics.

Two voters were, however, not allowed to cast their ballots at the Rural Development Store polling station at the Ahenboboano Electoral Area in the Sunyani town centre, because the verification machine could not identify the fingers of one, while the other’s name was identified in the multiple list register.

There was police presence in all the polling centres to ensure peace and order.


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