A deputy electoral officer and a female technician received severe beating from voters at the Ayigya-Ahenbronoum polling centre in the Oforikrom Constituency over suspicion that they were trying to influence the election results in favour of a particular political party.

The swift intervention of the police patrol team saved them from being lynched.

The victims, Mr Arthur, and Nana Yaa, were accused of deliberately refusing to put the Electoral Commission (EC) stamp on ballot papers given out to voters with the view to invaliding those ballots.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nicholas Opare-Ofosuhene, the Zongo Divisional Commander, confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), and said the matter was being investigated.

The incident held up voting at the centre for more than 30 minutes.

The Electoral Commission (EC) later replaced the two officials to allow the exercise to continue amidst tight security.

Meanwhile, voters continue to pour in at the various polling centres in the Fomena Constituency.

As of midday, 250 out of the 763 registered voters had cast their ballot at the Adumanu R/C Primary.

At Abedwam D/A Primary, 300 voters had voted. The voter population there stands at 486.

Mr Richard Oduro Akromah, the presiding officer, praised the people for the maturity and comportment.

A taxi driver, Kwabena Boadu, who cast his vote at the Akrokerri Methodist Primary, complimented the peaceful nature of the polls in the area.

In the Mampong Constituency, the situation was similarly peaceful.

At the Adidwan Presbyterian Primary, 277 out of the 697 registered voters had exercised their franchise.

More than 69 per cent of voters had cast their ballot at the Dome Station as of 1300 hours.

At Sataso polling centre, 127 out of the 160 voters had turned out to vote.

However, at some centres in the Ejura-Sekyedomase Constituency, some voters were having difficulties with the verification machines.

The machines could not pick the fingers of about 20 voters at three centres ? Ejura Presby Church, Dagomba Line and Low Cost.

Source: GNA


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