In the Central Region, voting took off smoothly with long winding but orderly queues in almost all the polling stations the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited on Friday.

Most of the queues started building up as early as 0500 hours when the electoral officials had not arrived at the stations to mount their materials for the voting to start at 0700 hrs.

Many of the stations the GNA visited, the elderly, expectant mothers and physically challenged persons,  were allowed to cast their ballots without jointing the queue,  whiles other were also given seats to wait for their turn to cast their ballots.

At the Ayiko-Ayiko Wise Way Cleaners Polling Station 23 out of 443 eligible voters had cast their ballots as at 07.30 hours, whiles 38 out of 592 had voted at the Ayiko-Ayiko Mosque as at 07 45 hours, with Mensah Sarbah recording 83 out of 500 voters as at 0750 hours.

At Brofoyaw Zion Primary School Polling Station 300 out of 1,047 had voted at 1030 hours, whiles at Zion JSH 1B, 211 out of 596 voted at 1047 hrs with 241 out of 596 casting their ballots at 10.50 hours at the Brofoyaw JHS1A polling station.

All the stations had political party agents and security personnel present with enough voting materials to cover the process.

A visit to Moree in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District, the Hometown of Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur, the situation was not different, there were long but orderly queues and those who were not at the polling stations went about their businesses.

Apart from the GPRTU offices polling station at Moree Junction, where an elderly women could not be verified by the machine after several wiping of her hands, 59 others out of 620 had voted as at 0800 hours.

Mr Seth Kudzro, the presiding officer of the station, said the elderly women  who could not be verified was advised to go home  and thoroughly  wash her hands since several wiping at the centre could not help her.

Seven other polling stations in Moree the GNA visited between 08.15 hours and 09.00 hours a total of 435 out of 4,674 people had cast their ballots.

At Elmina, turnout at the various stations have been very encouraging as queues had already been formed before voting started exactly at 0700 hrs in many of the polling stations.

GNA

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