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DISTRICT ASSEMBLY ELECTION UPDATE

Low Turnout at New Juaben
 
Koforidua - Turnout of voters in the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections in the New Juaben Municipality was low, when the Ghana News Agency visited some of the polling centres in the municipality.

According to the polling officials at the Pope John Secondary School "A" polling station as at 1345 hours, only 17 people had cast their votes out of 672 registered voters, while at the "B" polling station, only 20 voters had cast their votes out of 664.

Two males were contesting at each of the polling stations.

At Kantudu Temporal Boot, 89 voters had cast their voted as at 1100 hours and at the AME Zion Primary School polling station, only 37 people had cast their votes as at 1115 hours, while at the SCCE Electoral Area, 86 votes were cast as at 1130 hours.

The Water West Office station at Kantudu Electoral Area recorded 98 votes as at 1140 hours.

At Anlo Town Down South polling station, out of 901 registered voters, only 180 people cast their votes as at 1145 hours and at Anlo Town South B, only 150 had cast their votes as at 1150 hours, while at the Kru Town polling station, out of 780 voters, only 150 cast their votes as at 1205 hours.


Voting smooth, but Electorate in Accra Exhibit Apathy
 
Accra - Voting in Tuesday’s District Level Elections went on smoothly but the electorate exhibited apathy towards the poll as many residents have failed to participate in the polls, which opened at 0700 hours.

A tour of polling stations within the Kpeshie, Okaikoi, Ablekuma, Ashiedu Keteke, Ayawaso, Ga West and Osu Clottey Districts of the Greater Accra Region by Ghana News Agency Elections Monitoring team revealed very poor participation of the electorate compared to the 2004 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. The district level elections are conducted on non-partisan basis.

Mr Moses Doku, a Polling Assistant, said the poor participation was due to the postponement of the polls from September 12. The situation created uncertainty in the minds of the voting public, he said, and urged the EC to be consistent especially on fixing of election dates.

Mr Ruben Sowah Klu, a Returning Officer, commended the EC for its organizational effectiveness as materials and other logistics were delivered on time.  He urged the EC to consider other publicity methods for promoting future elections.

"EC’s advertisement for the District and Unit level elections was disjointed and failed to address electoral fatigue, which was paramount before the elections," he said.



Poor Show at Kasoa and Environs
 
Kasoa - Voting started very poorly at some polling stations in the Kasoa Electoral Area of the District Assembly and Unit committee elections, which took place on Tuesday.

At the Police Polling Station only 20 out of the 2,700 registered voters had cast their votes as at 0940 hours, while at the District Assembly Primary School polling station 25 out the 2,246 registered voters had also voted as at 1000hours.

Nine candidates made up of seven men and two women were contesting for the position.

Most of people the Ghana News Agency interviewed attributed the poor turn up to the government inability to create more electoral areas in the town, because the current situation, where Kasoa is having only one electoral area is not the best.

At the Tayano polling station of the Awutu Electoral Area, 17 people of total registered voters of 748 had cast their votes as at 1135hours.

At the fire Service polling Station of the Kojo Bedu North Electoral Area, 120 out of 1,742 registered voters had cast their votes as at 1200 noon, while at the Highways polling station of the same electoral area, 73 out the 841 registered voters had voted.

Two hundred and seventy-eight out of the 1,198 had voted at the District Council Primary School "A" of the Kojo Bedu South Electoral Area as at 1215, while the Primary "B" of the same electoral Area 220 out of the 1186 registered votes had exercised their franchised as at 1217.

At the District Assembly polling station of the Abasaraba North/Zongo
Electoral area, 120 out of the 662 registered voters had voted as at 1230hours.

At the Nazareth Church polling station of the Osakam Electoral Area, 160 of the 1175 registered people had voted.

At the Kanashie market "B" polling station of the Katam Electoral Area of Apam, 25 out of the 570 registered voters had cast their votes as at 1200 noon, while 12 out of the total registered voters of 500 ha voted at the Apostolic Church polling station of the same electoral area.

At Kanashie Market "A" polling station of the same electoral area, 72 out of the 1000 registered voters had voted as at 1202 hours, while 75 out the total registered voters of 415 had voted as 1204 as the Asafo No. One of the same electoral area.

At the District Assembly Primary School polling station of the Buduburam Electoral Area in the Gomoa District, 70 out the 1223 registered voters had voted.

At the Church Palace polling station of the Fetteh Kakraba Electoral Area, 24 out of the 562 registered voters had cast their votes peaceful in the absence of security officers.



Aflao Experiences Setbacks
 
Aflao - There was a delayed start of voting in the District Assembly Elections in the Ketu-South constituency on Tuesday marked by voter apathy, resulting in slow turnout in the process, polling officers have said.

Timber market, Zigakponu, Aflagatsigorme, Market and Legbasime polling centres started the exercise two hours late due to the late arrival of materials.

Only 51 people voted at Zigakponu when the GNA called at about 1245 hours out of a voter list of 817, while 143 voted at Aflagatsigorme as at 1300 hours out of 822 registered voters.

Mr Johnson Akafia District Electoral Officer said he was not aware of the late distribution of materials and that any such hiccup could only be due to “operational problems” because his office had mobilised materials for the exercise on time.



Western Region
 
Daboase (W/R) - The District and Unit Committee elections started exactly at 0700hours in 27 out of the 30 electoral areas in the Mpohor Wassa East District on Tuesday.

Mr Yaw Amoako Gyasi, the District Electoral Officer told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), during visits to some polling centres at about 0900hours at Daboase. He said three electoral areas - Subiri, Prato and Sekyere Heman - had been declared unopposed.

Mr Gyasi said all the 132 polling stations, where the elections were taking place had been supplied with electoral materials and so far, his office had so far not received reports of electoral malpractices.

He said 88 candidates including 10 women were contesting the district level elections in the district.

At the Anianu Polling Station at Daboase, Mr Peter Kojo Eshun, the Presiding Officer, said 83 people had voted at the station as at 1000hours. Madam Grace Adorsu, Presiding Officer at Temporary Structure Polling Station, said 55 male and 30 female had voted at the station.

At Shama in the Shama-Ahanta East Metropolis, the GNA visited the Methodist JSS and Shama Secondary School Polling Stations, where the presiding officers told him that, voting started on time.

Mr Daniel Gabrah, Presiding officer at Methodist JSS Polling Station, said 12 people made up six males and six females had voted at 0830hours out of 1,358 registered voters.

Miss Elizabeth Mensah, Presiding Officer at Shama Secondary School Polling Station said 10 people including one female had voted at the station as at 0840 hours.    She said turnout would improve before voting ends at 1700 hours.
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