With barely a day to go before Ghanaians cast their ballot to select the next President and set of Parliamentarians to run the affairs of the state, it appears the offices of the contesting parties have been invaded by supporters looking for means of transportation to their various constituencies to vote.

Hundreds of eligible voters travelling to cast their votes are stranded at bus terminals as there appears to be a shortage of vehicles.

Citi News checks at the VIP terminal near the Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra indicates that some of the passengers have been there since 5 AM this morning.

However the passengers say nothing will deter them from travelling to exercise their franchise.

Citi News also encountered a crowd at the NPP headquarters in Asylum Down, desperate for support to reach their constituencies.

The party has however told Citi News it will provide transportation depending on the number of people who show up at its offices.

?We want to see the numbers and then ensure that adequate provisions are made for them to go and that is what we are doing now. If you are supporters who want to vote, but for any reason they don?t have what it takes to go to the constituencies, it is reasonable that we support them,? the NPP General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie.

He added that ?I have been in UK where vehicles are provided to transport people from their homes to go and vote and then take them back. And so these are not things that are not unusual.?

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the other hand has indicated to Citi News it has made no such provisions for its members.

According to the party?s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, since there is no way of verifying if the individuals will vote for the party, the exercise will not be possible.

He also cited the high transportation considerations as a major factor.

?If we make it a party policy to be bussing people, you will not know who are your supporters and who are not your supporters so unless you have money to do some philanthropist job.?

?We consider it as a national exercise and that those people will be doing it (voting) in support of the electioneering exercise by itself [but] you know there are a lot of quacks and crooks around.?

In a related development, the Convention People?s Party (CPP) have said they are assisting some party members with transportation fares.

The party?s General Secretary, Ivor Greenstreet explained that the CPP had been providing assistance ?to the rank and file party members and supporters but not directly by hiring buses? I don?t think we have that capacity to do it. Clearly we are doing what we can in the areas we can, clearly to those constituencies where we feel we have a strong Parliamentary candidate whom we have been trying to target with their seats.?

The General Secretary of the Progressive People?s Party, (PPP) Kofi Asamoah Siaw also told Citi News, his party was doing same assisting in the best way they could.

?We have an arrangement where the constituency executives and the Parliamentary candidates will get in touch with the people who need such assistance so that we decentralize any kind of assistance that must go to anybody.?

Source Citi News Ghana


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