Early voting begins smoothly in Tamale

Voting began in earnest in Tuesday’s Special voting exercise across 31 polling stations in 31 constituencies in the Northern Region.

The exercise started around 0700 hours across the designated polling stations in the region.

Members of the security services and Electoral Commission officials, who will be deployed to directly supervise the general elections scheduled for Friday, December 7, 2012, are taking part in the special voting.

When the Ghana News Agency visited the Dabokpa Polling Station, the designated polling centre for Tamale South Constituency, voters had formed a queue and were waiting patiently for their turn to cast their ballots.

As at 0845 hours, 48 people had cast their ballot out of a total of 373 voters in the register.

Mr Zakaria Mohammed, Presiding Officer at Dabokpa Polling Station said no hitches had been recorded so far, adding that voters were being verified with the verification machine before they were allowed to vote.

At the Jubilee Park where the exercise was being held for the Tamale Central Constituency, 20 people out of a total of 639 registered voters, had exercised their franchise as at 0800 hours.

Mr Musah Muniru, Presiding Officer at the Jubilee Park Polling Station said the exercise was going on smoothly.

At the Kalpohin Senior High School which is the polling station for the Tamale North Constituency, 75 people out of a total of 260 voters, had cast their ballots as at 0900 hours.

Mr George Mumuni Yidana, Presiding Officer at the Polling Station said no incident had been recorded and expressed the hope that the exercise would end smoothly.

Polling Agents of the NDC, NPP, PPP and the Independent, were duly represented to observe the exercise across the polling stations that the GNA visited.

However, no security official was seen supervising the polls at the polling stations visited. GNA

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