The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has issued its mid-day report on Friday’s elections which states that the setup and opening of polls went very well though some polling stations.started late.
CODEO in its mid-day preliminary situation report concluded that the arrangement put in place by the Electoral Commission for setup and opening of polls were adequate for most polling stations.
This was contained in a press release signed by Professor Miranda Greenstreet Chairperson of CODEO and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
It said the close of polls situational statement was based on reports CODEO had received from Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers, regional coordinators and constituency supervisors which focused on the initial information on the voting process as well as some critical incidents received throughout the day.
The release said CODEO PVT observers confirmed that voters’ biometric information was verified prior to voting at 99 per cent of polling stations and that the biometric verification machine failed at some point during voting at 18 per cent of the polling stations.
It said in 98 per cent of polling stations; the fingers of voters were marked with indelible ink, and at 99 per cent of polling stations, ballot papers were stamped with the validating stamp before being issued.
CODEO has deployed about 4,400 trained, accreted, non-partisan rapid response observers, out of which 1500 are PVT observers and that CODEO will continue to observe the counting and collation process and will deploy observers on Saturday to those polling stations where voting had been suspended. GNA