A calm atmosphere on Wednesday prevailed over the Bawku Municipality, which in the past had a reputation as one of the flashpoints in the Upper East Region, as eligible voters waited patiently in long queues at polling centres to cast their votes.
Electoral Commission (EC) officials, Political party agents, international and local observers watched with keen interest as polling commenced at about 07.00 hours.
At the Bawku Vocational Institute Polling Station where 321 voters are expected to cast their votes, 56 people had voted as of 08.00 hours.
At the Circuit Court A and B Polling Stations 41 and 95 eligible voters had cast their votes out of 569 and 339 registered voters respectively.
Security personnel at the polling stations are virtually on holiday as they have no challenges to deal with so far, while those assigned to patrol the township were busy moving around in armoured vehicles.
About 63,894 eligible voters are expected to cast their votes to elect a President and a Member of Parliament from 120 polling stations in the Bawku Central Constituency, where Parliamentary representation has changed hands mainly between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the years.
At the Binduri Constituency where every polling station visited had election sufficient logistics, the situation was not different. The queues were long but moved peacefully and steadily.
At every polling station in the area, vulnerable groups such as the aged, pregnant women and People with Disabilities (PWDs) were given the opportunity to vote first, with the Presiding Officers helping out those who needed assistance.
In the Garu Constituency, the exercise went on smoothly and peacefully as 33,564 registered voters in queues took turns to exercise their franchise.
At the Garu Catholic Kindergarten Polling Station, 52 out of the 837 registered voters had cast their votes as of 07:45hours, while at the Garu D/A Primary Polling Centre ‘A’, 58 persons had voted out of 803.
At the Garu D/A Primary Polling Centre ‘B’, 47out 715 registered voters had cast their ballots.
Six Parliamentary candidates representing the NDC, NPP, Convention People’s Party (CPP), National Democratic Party (NDP) the Action People’s Congress (APC), as well as an Independent candidate, are contesting the elections in the Bawku, Binduri and Garu constituencies. GNA