The special voting for 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections started at exactly 0700 hours at the Vineyard Chapel polling Centre at Adentan but not without anticipated difficulties.
The special voting for the security personnel, made up of the Police, Military, Prisons, Immigration, Fire Service and election officials, saw some names of security personnel not appearing on the special voters’ register.
The Ghana News Agency witnessed some security personnel from Customs, Immigration and the Police engaged in arguments with election officers why their names were missing from the register though they submitted them to Electoral Commission.
Madam Mawuse Dadjo, Ashanti Regional CEPS Commander, who drove all the way from Kumasi to cast her vote, did not find her name. She became furious and challenged the EC officials to find a way out for them to vote.
“The EC will have to find a way of letting us vote because we will be working on that same day (Election Day on December 7th) and I cannot leave the official work of ensuring securing and travel down here to Accra to vote and you cannot also disenfranchise me. Once you have our names on the master list, get your superiors to act now”, she added.
Mr Gerald Roberts Electoral Officer explained to the GNA that once they did not have their names on the special voting list; it would be difficult to allow them to vote. “All that I can do is to write down their names and I will have to submit them to the headquarters to act on it”.
The special voting took place in 41 centres in Greater Accra alone. The votes would be counted on December 7th the Election Day. GNA