Monday, 20 May 2013
Ghana General Elections 2012: Voting Resumes Today As NDC VP Candidate Loses Electoral Ward To Opposition NPP
The voting continues in some part of Ghana today because of the inability of some people to complete their verification exercise yesterday.
The Ghana Electoral Commission act makes provision for those who could not vote on the day of the election due to the biometric machine failure to cast their ballot the following day
This is the first time the Electoral Commission of Ghana, ECG will be using the biometric system for individual identification in the election process as a means of reducing electoral malpractices.
Therefore, the EC has made the verification compulsory of all the eligible voters through biometric system and it is a prerequisite to receiving ballot papers. The ECG has maintained the position of “no verification, no vote.”
Observers say it is not out of place for the commission to face some challenges with the new technology. However, the election has been peaceful in all parts of Ghana despite the fact that there was no restriction of movements and business activities. There have not been any report of violence, ballot stuffing and ballot snatching that usually characterized the African elections.
All candidates and parties are waiting anxiously to hear the final result after today’s exercise.
However, there have been some fascinating developments with the incumbent Vice- President Paa Kwesi loses his electoral ward to the opposition NPP.
The opposition NPP has taken the early lead in the Ashanti region while the NDC is firmly in control of the Volta Region.
There are unconfirmed reports of the NDC winning 11 parliamentary seats in the Upper West Regions; 25 seats in the Volta Region and one seat in Ashanti Regions.
However, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and the head of the ECOWAS monitoring team expresses his satisfaction and praise Ghanaians for the peaceful conduct of the election so far. He spoke in his hotel at M-Plaza, Accra, Ghana.
For the Ghanaians home and abroad; It is “Ghana First.”