ghana 2012 elections 300x180 Ghana Elections: Counting begins, queues remain at polling stations (Live Updates)

18.04 ? Betty Kankam Boadi reporting from the Congregation of God polling station at Odawna
says counting has begun. People are calm and are watching while the counting is being done.

17.53 ? Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC is alleging that some electoral officers are counting the ballots although people are in the queue.

17.35 ? Juanita Sallah from Ablekuma South in the Chorkor electoral area reports that the situation has called for Police enforcement as over 500 people haven?t voted.

Nana Afrane Asante from the Okaikoi Central says about 400 people are yet to vote and the EC has just brought in two new verification devices to continue with the exercise. Everything, he says, is in order and voting has been resumed. Gates to the polling station have been closed and no on is being allowed to enter the place.

Joojo Bediako reports that counting has started in Gbawe and that voting closed at exactly 5 PM

17.25 ? Reports from Citi News correspondents across the country indicate that though the polls have officially closed, several people are still in queues hoping to cast their ballot.

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante at the Ayawaso West Wougoun constituency says counting has not started and says the verification machine broke down about 2 PM so voting hasn?t closed. She notes that people are angry but patiently waiting to cast their vote.

As 17.oo GMT deadline for voting draws to a close, it appears the Biometric Verification Machines deployed by the EC to aid with the identification of voters in the Greater Accra Region, are breaking down.

The electoral process is reported to have halted for several hours in numerous polling stations.

Reports indicate that inhabitants of these areas are agitated by the development.

Some of the areas reported include Dome kwabenya at the Police stationa and CFM church, Abokobi Madina at the Grace outreach Church, Ashiaman, Korle Bu, Airport West, Awudome Junior High School, McCarthy Hill, Pokuase Presby and Barbara Johnson International School.
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13.00 ? President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs says the machine for the verification process in his area has broken down and therefore not aiding his wife, as well as some subjects, to vote. He is therefore pleading that they be allowed to vote since their names are on the sheets.
He has however threatened that if they are not allowed to vote, they will not accept the results.

14.50 ? Isaac Ahiale from the Ketu North Constituency at the Heheme Primary School reports that though about 441 registered persons have cast their ballot, but only 111 have voted and the turnout is very poor. He says there is no queue presently.

14.40 ? Nii Armah Ashitey, National Democratic Congress NDC candidate for the Klottey-Korle Constituency tells Citi News he is well and not dead like media reports suggest.

He says he is looking forward to winning the seat after the elections.

14.25 ? The President, John Dramani Mahama has cast his ballot in the Bole Bamboi Constituency.

He appeals to citizens to go back to their constituencies and cast their ballot for those who were not able to do so in the morning.

He indicated that ?the price wise people pay for not voting is to be governed by fools.?

13.50 ? Vivian Kai Mensah reports that in the Ledzorkuku Constituency, there are still long winding queues at the polling centers.

In the Teshie Nungua Estate area, two polling stations experienced a black out but it has been sorted out. EC officials say the exercise may be halted when it?s getting dark because there is no lightening system.

At La Dadekotopon, she reports that things have been calm. Most of the voters didn?t vote for Parliamentary candidate and one gentleman voted twice. The matter has been resolved and one of the votes will be rejected according to EC Officials.

At Labone Secondary School, she indicates that polling station was calm and peaceful.

13.15 ? Selorm Adonoo reports from Asamankese and says the process it calm and orderly. He says polling agent arrived on time and ensured that the process was hitch-free.

12.55 ? Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Kwaku Obeng , Head of Research, Education and Training of the Motor Traffic Transport Unit (MTTU), of the Ghana police services tell Citi FM that the Police will be committed to ensuring that no individual is disenfranchised. He says there has been a significant reduction in the use of motorbikes.

12.04 ? Citi News reporters in the Ashanti Region, Betty Ohemaa Agyemang and James Obeeko say reports that ballot boxes in Ayigya and Tafo are being snatched are not true.

Anthony Akoto Osei, incumbent MP for Old Tafo Pankrono Constituency also confirms that the reports of the ballot box snatching are not true.

11.43 ? The Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor casts his ballot and says ?I want victory for my Presidential candidate.? He indicates the nation must be mature about the electoral process. ?It doesn?t seem the Electoral Commission prepared adequately,? he notes.

11.31 ? Rabiu Alhassan from the Ayawaso North constituency reports that the NDC and NPP polling agents are around while the other parties have no representation.
There is order however, in all the polling stations in the constituency.

11.28 ? Mahama arrives at the Wa air-strip. He would go to the presidential lodge then to Bole to vote.

11.25 ? Five polling stations in the same vicinity in the Chorkor area has caused the people to agitate. There appears to be no security personnel around to control affairs.

11.15: ? Vice President Amissah Arthur casts his ballot and tells the media he believes Ghanaians have behaved favorably. He beckons on all to be patient and feels the EC should be commended. Amissah Arthur says he is not tensed at all and believes it?s a one touch victory fir himself and John Mahama. He says he will be worried if by midday there are still issues with the process otherwise.

11.05 ? The NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo just casted his vote at Abuakwa South constituency. His running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia also just voted in his constituency in the Wale Wale Constituency.

11.00 ? A pregnant woman in Kumasi goes into labour and is allowed to vote. Her sister, who is with her, is also allowed to vote and the two go to the hospital together.

10.20 ? Lorrencia Adam reports that at Taifa Burkina 1 A polling station, the verification machine is frozen and the replacement is also frozen. This is making the voters impatient as according to them, they started queueing from last night. They are calling on the EC to rectify the situation.

10.15 ? Eunice Dufie Barimah reports from the Anyaa Sowutuom Constituency, Bethel Foundation polling station. She says electoral materials are not in. The people are very frustrated as they have been waiting for the past three hours. Dorcas Ankama, the Presiding officer, says they are still waiting for the items to arrive. She added that they are making efforts to calm the voters

10.10 ? Umaru Sanda Amanda from the Krowor Constituency says for the past three hours the residents have not been able to vote because the materials have not arrived and the electoral officers are absent.

09:50 ? Dr Nduom, PPP Presidential candidate and wife have voted in Elmina. In his opinion the election so far, has been smooth but to determine if it has been free and fair will not happen today; it can only be accessed after the process.

He has a few choice words for the President about his broadcast yesterday.

9:15 ? In Kpone Katamanso, voting is delaying because the voter?s register is not around. Presiding Officer, Amugi Prince says the problem is being rectified. People are agitated due to the delay however.

In Ashiaman, Motor riders have adhered to the regulation that no cyclists should be seen around the area

08.30 ? In the Hohoe Constituency, Mackintosh Gratham says as at 5:30 AM people started queuing. Voting started at exactly 7 AM and there are no problems. The area has been under curfew for some months now.

Clement Akapame from the Tema Central Constituency indicates that as at 8 AM, electoral materials had not arrived and they are experiencing a series of black outs.

08.20 ? From the the Ledzokuku, Vivian Kai Mensah reports that no EC official is in the area and so voting has not started. There are no security officials as well. According to her, the EC is now distributing election materials in the area. A security officials is in a queue waiting to vote so he can go to his assigned duty point to monitor the election. In Ashiaman, people are waiting to be bused to the Volta region and other parts of the country to vote but they have heard nothing from their political parties. They are threatening not to vote.

Nana Afrane Asante reports that Okaikoi Central at the Alive Chapel polling station, verification equipments are not working and although they have been replaced, they are still not functioning.

08.12 ? From the Adenta Constituency, Henry Nii Dortey reports that electoral materials have not arrived. One polling station has been split into two therefore causing confusion among voters as to where to vote. Queues are not well formed and people are getting agitated. Voting has not started in many parts of Adenta.

07.50 ? Godfred Akoto Boafo reports from Atiko junction Polling Station. He indicates that voting started at 7am prompt and he indicates that the elderly have been allowed to vote first. At the Amafo polling station, there is a high turn out but with a very peaceful atmosphere. Aside the long queues, people are going about their normal duties

07.49 ? Felix Agbenyo in the Ketu South constituency in the Volta Region reports that the exercise has begun in earnest and is running smoothly. Lines are very long. ?Party agents are at post?, he says

07.40 ? James Oberko from the Oforikrom Constituency reports that there are no security persons around to control the long queues. At the Christian Advantage polling station, 30 people have voted so far.

07.36 ? Richard Sky is at Dome Kwabenya Constituency reports that electorates are running out of patience in all five polling stations in the constituency because voting has not started in the area. They are however resolute to cast their vote.

Latif Mahama in Sisala Constituency, Security officials are not yet at the polling station. Interms of Party agents, Only NDC and NPP agents are present. The area is peaceful and the people are waiting patiently.
A few people were bused to the area to cast their vote.

07.30 ? In the Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Agana Bawa reports that there are three polling stations and there are very long queues with the people waiting patiently to cast their vote. He reports that Voting has started in Navrongo

07.05 ? Polls have opened across the country as Ghanaians prepare to elect a new President and a set of Parliamentarians for the next four years.

Citi News reporters indicate that though some polling stations have opened, a combination of absence of security officers, absence of electoral materials and electoral officers have characterised some of the polling station visited.

From Kwaadaso in the Ashanti Region, Regional correspondent, Betty Ohemaa Agyemang reports that people have been queuing up since 12 am. Electoral officers are setting up.
There is confusion among the electorates as to where to cast their votes because there are five polling stations in the constituency. There are no security officers around

Agana Bawa from the Bolgatanga reports that polls have opened and all seems well.

06.55 ? Juanita Sallah reports from the Ablekuma South Constituency and says the polling station report long winding queues but it appears some of them are not ready to commence.

06.48 ? Emmanuel Asante Acheampong, Presiding Officer in the Obomey L.A. Primary polling station within the Mpraeso Constituency in the Eastern Region reports that he had some challenges with electoral materials. He however has been able to rectify the situation in anticipation of opening of polls.

With a few minutes to the commencement of election proceedings, Ghanaians turn up in their numbers to exercise their franchise.

As early as 01.00 GMT queues were springing up all over the country with several people looking to secure prime spots.

The 2012 elections has been a hotly contested one with many analysts claiming it to be the most issue based contest till date.

The contest will be between the incumbent John Dramani Mahama for the National Democratic Congress, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Abu Sakara Foster of the Convention People?s Party, Hassan Ayariga of the People?s National Convention, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People?s Party, Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party, Akwasi Addai Odike, Presidential candidate of the United Front Party and Jacob Osei Yeboah an independent candidate.

Press Play and watch a video of some voters who turned out to vote early on Friday Morning

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