03.12.2008 Elections

Massive turn-out on special voting day

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Special voting took place in 18 designated voting centres throughout Western Region on Tuesday.

The exercise was meant for security personnel, the media, electoral

officers, and other personnel who will be assisting in the December 7 elections.

At the Effiakuma Christ the King Parish, 13 people had queued to cast their votes as at 0630 that morning.

However, the process delayed and had to start at 0730 after it was detected that many of the military personnel who had gone on peace keeping operations could not locate their names in the register.

Special arrangements were however made to enable them vote, with all their particulars being scrutinised and details documented.

At 0750, 26 voters had cast their votes and the process progressed steadily.

At the Essikadu-Ketan station, at 12:58, 256 people had voted with only about five still in the queue waiting for their turn.

At the Sekondi Methodist Park, many anxious voters jumped the queue to vote and this led to some confusion, but it was quickly settled by the Police.

Mr Nathaniel Quaye, District Electoral Officer told the Ghana News

Agency that, as at 10:45 am, 117 persons had already cast their vote for both presidential and parliamentary elections.

There were no queues at the time of the visit as only three voters waited to cast their ballot.

There were representatives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention

People's Party (CPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the polling centre.

Mr Quaye said the voting started at exactly 7 am.

He assured the people of successful polls on December 7. This, he said, was as a result of the training given to the party agents and that the level of political awareness in the constituency was high.

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