Voting has started smoothly in all 168 polling stations in the Ho Central Constituency of the Volta Region.

At about 0500 hours, voters had formed long queues at the centres awaiting arrival of voting materials and start of the exercise at 0700 hours.

At the Ho SSNIT Flat Centre ‘A’ polling station, Madam Felicia Akuaku, Assemblywoman for the area told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that voters started forming queues at the Centre from 0200 hours.

Mr Leonard Akoetey, Presiding Officer for the Centre said 535 voters were expected to cast their ballots at the Centre.

Voting started on time at the Centre and at about 0730 hours, 20 people had voted.

At the Stadium Office ‘B’ Centre, the GNA was told that long queues had been formed at about 0400 hours.

When the GNA got there at about 0730 hours, 27 people had voted out of 541 on the electoral register.

Ms Selina Ahiable, Presiding Officer at the Centre said, “the exercise is smooth.”

At the Sokode Lokoe Vocational Institute, the atmosphere was very calm with a total number of 537 registered voters and 22 transferred registered voters expected to exercise their franchise.
Party agents were seen collaborating with the Presiding Officer to cross check documents ahead of start of the polls.

At the Sokode Loke L/A Primary School, petty traders took advantage of the long queues to make brisk business, with some serving voters with breakfast at a fee. A total of 932 registered voters with 31 transferred voters are expected to cast their ballots at the Centre.

Special arrangements have been made for the elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers.

Security officers, polling agents and election observers were at all the Centres.

The start of polling was equally smooth and peaceful in the Ketu North Constituency, where about 67,000 voters are expected to cast their ballots at 109 polling stations.

Mr Francis Avorgbedor, Returning Officer for the Constituency told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that all materials had been distributed to the polling stations at about 0600 hours.

A total of 443 voters had registered to vote at the Court Hall polling station in Dzodze District Electoral Commission office yard.

At about 0600 hours when the GNA visited the Centre, a relatively long queue was formed at the Centre awaiting the start of the exercise at 0700 hours.

Polling agents of the National Democratic Congress, the New Patriotic Party and the All People’s Party placed their seals on the ballot boxes before the exercise started.

The GNA spotted security officers and some election observers at the Centre.

GNA’s coverage of the 2016 elections, dubbed, “GNA Tracks Election 2016,” is being funded by the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), the Nation’s foremost indigenous oil marketing company and CIMG 2015 Petroleum Company of the year. It also has sponsorship from Life Petroleum.

Source: GNA/


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