Voter turnout slow in Osu Clottey District

Accra, Sept. 01, GNA – Ongoing voting in nine polling stations in the Osu Clottey District in the Greater Accra Region was very calm and peaceful but voter turnout was very slow and without any long queues.

At various polling stations that the Ghana News Agency visited from 09.48 hours, presiding officers and polling agents were seated quietly waiting for voters to cast their votes.

Only one or two voters were seen casting their votes at the time the team reached some of the polling stations and voting materials were said to be adequate.

The GNA visited Osu Salem 1 and 3 primary schools, Osu Presby 2A Junior High School, Osu Presby 2B JHS, Blogodo Garden 1, Blogodo Garden 2, PWD Maintenance Unit Castle 1 and 2, Abom Presby Church or Mandela Park and Mowule polling stations in the Osu Clottey District.

As at 09.58 hours, 32 out of 744 registered voters had cast their votes at the Osu Salem 1 and 3 Primary School, though voting began at 0700 hours at the centre.

At Blogodo Garden 2, out of 178 registered voters only four people had voted as at 1030 hours when the news team got there.

At Blogodo Garden 1, Mr Fredrick Amarh, Presiding Officer, said: ‘The exercise is moving on, but I think people are waiting to come late afternoon as only 40 votes had voted out of 787 registered voters”.

At the PWD Maintenance Unit Castle 1, out of 1009 registered voters, only 103 votes had been recorded at 1030 hours, with four candidates for district assembly elections and 10 for unit committee.

A few voters were seen casting their votes whilst out of 185 registered voters at the PWD Maintenance Unit Castle 2 seven votes were recorded.

At Abom Presby Church also called Mandela Park, Nii Ayi Hammond, Presiding Officer, said he got to the station around 0430 hours and prepared the place for a smooth take off of the elections with all polling agents ready for voting to start at 0700 hours with materials arriving on time.

He described the voting as very peaceful.
Corporal Ebenezer Balig of Accra Central Police Station who is stationed at the Mandela Park Polling Centre said there had been no trouble at the centre.

Police officers at the various polling stations were seen relaxing.

GNA


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