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28.12.2008 Elections

Politics Voting Progress 3 Accra

By GNA
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Security at the Weija constituency in Greater Accra has been

beefed up to ensure maximum protection for voters and electoral

materials.
The constituency, the largest in the region, has over the years

been considered as a conflict-prone area. The security beef-up

was therefore the result of the general complaint that

characterized the December 7 general election.
As at 0618 hours, when the GNA got to New-life polling centre

with polling station number C013204B, there was a long queue

including stones to temporarily represent some voters.

The centre had polling agents for the two contesting political

parties.
Mr Philip Yawson, Presiding Officer, told GNA that about

1,566 registered voters were expected to cast their votes, but the

centre recorded 30 transfers.
However, he said, the checklist containing the names of all

voters in station and the list for special voters were absent.

When the GNA got to the New Gbawe D/A primary school

around 0705 hours, only 14 people had cast their votes.

Mr Jerry Anku, Presiding Officer, said all voting materials were

set and 1,981 voters were expected to cast their ballots.

The Gbawe Presbyterian polling centre with number CO13213

had recorded 100 voters as of 0722 when GNA arrived there.

Mr Daniel Offei, Presiding Officer, said about 2,091 voters

were expected to vote.
At the Amicin Video centre, 68 voters had cast their ballots as

at 0742 hours.
Mr Gabriel Ajavon, Presiding Officer, said 1,292 people were

expected to vote at the centre with polling number CO13211.

At the Mallam Old Presbyterian polling centre, 198 voters had

exercised their franchise by 0814.
Evans Adu, Presiding Officer, who gave the centre number as

CO13203, said 1,823 voters were on the list.
The Rehabilitation poling centre at Weija had also recorded

214 voters out of 1,365 voters in the register as at 0840 hours

when GNA got there.
The Presiding officer, Mr Johnson Ford Appiah Fordjour told

GNA that voting was proceeding well.
He envisaged that the turnout was likely to be higher than the

December 7 polls.
Some Christians from the Winners Chapel, Ghana, Christian

Worship Centre and the Jesus House International Ministry were

attending church service early to enable them to cast their votes.

Politics Voting Progress 5 Accra

Voting started smoothly at the Odododiodio constituency in

the Greater Accra Region without the long queues that

characterized the first round of elections on December 7.

As at 0745 hours when GNA visited the Old Ga Manste Court

polling station with number C050107 in the Ngleshie electoral

area, Miss Patience Opare, Presiding Officer, said there were

adequate electoral materials and 58 out of 632 eligible voters had

cast their ballots.
“We hope that by noon majority of the people would have

come to vote” she said.
At the T.B. Bukom Park and Sakumo Tso Shishi Palace

polling stations, voters were seen in the queues waiting patiently

for their turn to cast their ballot.
Mr Bright Hammond, Presiding Officer at the Sakumo Tso

Shishi, said there was no difference in terms of voter turn-out

compared to the first round.
“Voting is going on smoothly and there are no problems with

voters without ID cards as encountered during the first round

where some people mentioned different names from what was on

the register,” he said.
Both parties had their polling agents at all the stations visited

and there were both local and international observers as well as

personnel from the various security agencies.
Politics Elections Progress 6 Accra

There was virtually no queue at most of the polling stations

that GNA visited at the Okaikoi South constituency in the Greater

Accra Region.
Bishop Boys A and B and St. Theresa's School A and B

polling stations in the Bubuii and North Kaneshie electoral areas

remained empty at 0948 hours when GNA went back to those

polling stations. Voters trickled in leisurely to cast their votes.

Mr Daniel Lordson, Presiding Officer at the Bishop Boys B

polling station, explained that most people rushed to cast their

votes on December 7 only to realize that the place was virtually

empty in the afternoon.
"So we are hoping that this time round, people are waiting to

come out in the afternoon to cast their votes," he said.

At the time GNA arrived at the polling station, 344 people had

cast their votes out of 1,235 registered voters while at the Bishop

Boys A centre, 362 had people cast their votes out of 1,365

registered voters.
Earlier, Salifu Abdul-Rahman, Presiding Officer at the St.

Theresa's School A polling centre, told the GNA that the voting

process was going on smoothly.
He said a lot of people came very early to cast their votes and

expressed the hope that more people would come in later.

Mr Napoleon Wilson, Presiding Officer at the Kaneshie

Primary 1 and 4 B polling station, complained that the transfer list

for his station did not arrive early, thus delaying the process for

those on that list.
He said 531 people had cast their votes as at 0930 hours out

of a total of 1,903 registered voters.
Meanwhile, 362 people had voted out of 1,810 registered

voters at the Kaneshie Primary 1 and 4 A polling station.

Kufuor votes in presidential run-off

Accra, Dec. 28, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on

Sunday joined millions of qualified Ghanaian voters from across

the country to cast his
ballot in the presidential run-off.
He voted at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Temporary Booth,

Dzorwulu Open Space Polling station, at exactly 1020 hours.

He was accompanied by his wife, Theresa, who had earlier

voted at that same polling station.
President Kufuor, after voting told journalists that he was

hopeful the poll would be conducted in a peaceful and orderly

manner.
Voting, he pointed out, was an expression of one's view and a

preference for a candidate or party and not a war.
He said he was expecting the "best for his side."

Asked about what he would be doing after January 7, when he

hands over, he said he planned to retire into a responsible citizen

and an elderly statesman, who would be expressing his views and

giving counsel as and when the need arose.
Already, the World Bank had made an offer to him to serve as

a Board Member of one of its Commissions. He also spoke

about other offers and said he was going to "pick and choose."

The Presiding Officer at the Station, Ms Gifty Abagri, said

they were expecting 1,057 potential voters to cast their ballots

there.
The figure includes officials and transfers.
As of 1000 hours, 230 voters had exercised their franchise at

the polling station compared to the 500 who had voted as of the

same time on December 7.

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