Ghanaian registered voters yesterday turned out in their numbers to cast their ballots to elect a new president and 275 Members of Parliament (MPs).

The general voting exercise was peaceful and smooth with a few reports of delays in arrival of electoral materials in some polling station across the country.

With polls closing at exactly closing at 5:00 P.M., many of the voters quickly amassed at their respective polling stations to witness the counting of the ballots to know whether their candidate won or not.

Today also observed several people listening to radio and anxiously waiting for the results, especially the presidential election.         

Voting commenced after 7: 00 A.M., in most polling stations across the country. Today?s correspondents across the country reported that several prospective voters had to spend the night at their various polling stations just to exercise their franchise.

Generally reports indicate that voting in the Western Region has been smooth without recording any major incidence at the polling stations.

The Greater Accra region however witnessed some glitches as some polling stations received their electoral materials late and those that came also developing intermittent faults.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) has directed that all polling stations where the biometric verification of voters could not be completed and as a result some voters in the queue could not be processed to vote, polling should continue on Saturday.

A press statement signed by Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations, Mr. K Sarfo-Kantanka, stated that where the election materials arrived very late that all voters in the queue could not be processed to vote, polling should continue on Saturday.

The statement asked presiding officers to arrange with the police for the safe custody of all ballot boxes and election materials.

Below is the Press Release from the Electoral Commission

ADJOURNMENT OF POLL AT POLLING STATIONS WHERE BIOMETRIC VERIFICATION OF VOTERS COULD NOT BE COMPLETED.

The Electoral Commission directs as follows;

(1) At polling stations where the biometric verification of voters could not be completed and as a result some voters in the queue could not be processed to vote,

(2) Where election materials arrived very late that all the voters in the queue could not be processed to vote, polling should continue tomorrow, Saturday 8th December, 2012 to give the opportunity to the affected persons to vote.

Presiding Officers should arrange with the police for the safe custody of all ballot boxes and election materials.

STORY: KWAMENA ANANSE 

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