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Pregnant woman votes for Akufo-Addo before delivery

December 8, 2020 By 0 Comments

Armah Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle, joins the queue to cast his vote

There was near drama and nervousness at Kofigya, a suburb of Suhum, when  a 40-year-old pregnant woman, Madam Elizabeth Okyere, who was in labour, decided to cast her ballot for President Akufo-Addo before going to the hospital

Joe Mensah going through the process to cast his vote

Prospective voters at the Kofigya Presby School Polling centre, who were in a queue and waiting patiently to have their turn to exercise their franchise, were taken aback when a taxi brought the pregnant woman.

The visibly heard screaming pregnant woman decided to vote for President Akufo-Addo before going to the labour ward, even if that would take her life in appreciation for his good governance.

According to the mother of three and expecting her fourth child, she would not forgive herself if her vote would not let the President retain his seat, hence the risk to vote for him before going to the hospital to deliver.

Madam Elizabeth Okyere stated that even though she has been in labour since 4am on Monday, she would wait to cast her vote before going to the hospital, since she would be on admission at the time of voting if she did not before going to the hospital to deliver.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben South Constituency in the Eastern Region, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, has paid glowing tribute to Jean Adukwei Mensa, head of the Electoral Commission (EC), for the peaceful organisation of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The New Juaben South MP, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament and member of Economic Management team of the government, made the observation shortly after casting his vote at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Flat Polling Station in Koforidua.

The Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament arrived at the polling station at about 11.05 am in the company of his wife and former Constituency Chairman Oteng Adu.

Naabenyin Joojo Amissah is also reporting from the Central Region that Awutu-Senya-East, with Kasoa as the administrative capital, came into the limelight yesterday for yet another bad reason that resulted in high tension in the area.

Gun-wielding men in a private vehicle allegedly opened fire on five men who were also occupying a private car just about 300 metres away from the School Complex Polling Station Centre.

The incident was said to have thrown the entire voting process at the polling station into disarray, as some voters who were in a queue and waiting to cast their ballots fled.

An official police report confirming the incident indicated that at about 11.40 am yesterday, five men aboard a silver coloured Kia car with registration number GW 2375-20 were shot at. According to the report, unidentified gunmen using a black SUV private vehicle with an unknown registration number were responsible for shooting at the unsuspecting victims.

The report further indicated that “the gunmen pretended they were looking for information from the occupants of the Kia, and suddenly opened fire on them.”

Per the report, two of the five persons who sustained gunshot wounds were sent to the hospital for treatment by the police.

Signed by the Regional Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Irene Serwaa Oppong, the release indicated that there was no known reason for the action by the suspects.

“Police is entreating the public that anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects should quickly contact the nearest police station,” the release stated

The Regional Command has already commenced investigations into the matter, while the perpetrators are being pursued for arrest.

During the voter registration exercise some months ago, the same constituency witnessed a volatile incident of shooting and burning of motorbikes allegedly belonging to National Democratic Congress (NDC) party agents.

Some young well-built men were arrested by the police in connection with the crime, but they were later released. The Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, claimed responsibility for the shooting.

In another development, the vice-presidential candidate of the NDC, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, cast her ballot at the Komenda M/A Primary School polling station. The learned professor was happy with all the processes, particularly, the protocols laid down in connection with the COVID-19

She was, however, concerned about how officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) were asking the electorate to get verified with any other finger except the thumb.

Her concern was that the EC’s own guidelines stipulated that the thumb was to be used for verification. According to her, it was only when the thumb failed that a voter would be required to try with any other finger.

Scores of voters who turned up at the Odoben Catholic Junior High School (JSS) in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa Constituency to vote were hugely disappointed in the early hours of the day, as their voting materials delayed.

Voting at the polling station delayed unduly due the absence of the register on time, meanwhile. voting was relatively peaceful across the region

From Takoradi, Kwesi Alfred Adams reports that voting began exactly 7am in most of the polling stations in the Western Region, with pockets of suspicions and misunderstandings.

In Tarkwa, for instance, there was misunderstanding between an EC official and party agents over suspicion that the official was leading voters to vote in a certain direction.

This led to tension in the said polling station. In the same Tarkwa-Nsuem Constituency, an EC official manning a polling station named as ‘Budocity’ was accused of signing a pink sheet ahead of the of voting process.

The EC official allegedly compelled the party agents to sign the pink sheet before midday while the election was still underway. The party agent for GUM allegedly blew the cover of the EC official.

The Western Region has a total of 2604 approved polling stations, with the Mpohor Constituency being the least, with 75 polling stations.

Prestea Hunni-Valley leads with a total of 268, followed by Amenfi East with 217 polling stations. In Abuesi in the Shama Constituency, there were problems with the biometric verification machine, which delayed voting.

The Regional Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Japhet Baidoo, told the media that officials manning the polling station in the community were deliberately delaying the voting process while using the biometric challenges as an excuse.

To him, Abuesi has been the strongest base of the NDC and, therefore, any attempt to disenfranchise the people through delay tactics would be resisted.

Japhet wanted the EC to rectify the problem confronting the affected polling station to offer the opportunity for over 2,000 electorate, who have their names on the register, to cast their votes.

He said as at 3pm, only over 100 people had cast their ballots, leaving many in queues. The situation in Abuesi, he underscored, could create tension if not addressed.

Voting went on peacefully in other constituencies such as the Kwesimintsim, Ahanta West and Effia.

Correspondent Samuel Agbewode reports from Krachi Tokuroano in the Oti Region that there was high enthusiasm in the region as qualified voters queued as early as 5: 17 am waiting for the arrival of the Electoral Commission (EC) officials.

The EC officials, who also arrived at 6: 27am, prepared and started work at exactly 7am. The anxious voters went through the process successfully, with the CE officials ensuring that the COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of masks and hand washing, were strictly adhered to.

At the Tokuroano Primary B, Primary A, JHS, RC Primary and Anglican Primary polling stations, the voting process went on peacefully, and as at 8: 22am, the Primary B polling station had recorded 178 people casting their votes in the Krachi East Constituency.

The Kadjebi District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Daniel Agbesi Latsu, attributed the high turnout to the intensive education carried out by his outfit in the Oti Region.

Meanwhile reports available to The Chronicle also indicated that voting in North Tongu, Ketu North and South was peaceful, contrary to perceptions by the Volta Region House of Chiefs that the security personnel would intimidate voters.

The electorate in the Ashaiman Constituency went to the polls yesterday to peacefully cast their ballots, giving security personnel at all the 350 centers a field day, reports Inusah Musa from Ashaiman.

Years ago, the Constituency used to be on the radar of the security services due to rowdiness and reports of electoral violence.

Some centers The Chronicle visited during yesterday’s exercise were Saint Gina, Presby School, Happy Home, Star Light, Ashaiman Cluster of Schools, Newland, White Star and Ashaiman SHS, and at all those centers The Chronicle can report that the electorate commended the police personnel, Electoral Commission (EC) and its personnel for the speedy process.

For example, there were hardly long snaky queues at about 30 polling centers The Chronicle toured, a phenomenon that characterised previous general elections.

This was as a result of the more than two or three polling centers the EC created, depending on perhaps, the number of registered voters at a center.

So, at the centers, the last two digits on a voter’s ID card determined the queue they would join for the speedy process that contributed to the speedy process.

The Covid-19 health protocols were not traded for laxity.

Dancehall and reggae artiste Stonebwoy drew a crowd when he went to White Star Polling Center, at Lebanon Zone Two, to cast his ballot.

After casting his ballot, he took a few minutes to urge the electorate to continue to exercise the huge restraint they had held to make the exercise as peaceful as possible.

Again, he urged Ghanaians to rally behind the winner of the polls for development, saying: “I believe unity and oneness is crucial for Ghana.”

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