Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and wife, Samira

The Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife Samira were among hundreds of voters at the Kperiga Presbyterian Junior High School polling station early Friday.

Dr. Bawumia was the 86th person to cast his ballot followed by his wife, Samira and mother Hajia Mariama Bawumia at about 11:00am.

The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana was beaming with smiles after the exercise and was accompanied back to his residence a few minutes away from the centre by some friends and sympathizers.

Interacting with the media shortly after casting his ballot, Dr. Bawumia said, ?Elections are contest of ideas?not a do or die affair. I look forward to a peaceful election just as you are seeing now.?

He appealed to the Electoral Commission to immediately rectify reports of anomalies involving the verification machines in a number of polling stations in the Walewale constituency.

The Vice Presidential candidate expressed optimism that the NPP will win several seats in the region and urged voters especially members of the party to police the ballots and not leave anything to chance.

President John Dramani Mahama, Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) also voted in his hometown of Bole where he expressed satisfaction at the exceptional high turn-out.

Voting took place in 2,386 polling stations across the region with more than 200 candidates contesting for the parliamentary polls.

Observers from the European Union (EU), American Embassy and Local Election Observers have also visited many centres in the region.

 From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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