EC suspends voting in Jaman North

Voting is on-going smoothly nationwide, with the exception of Jaman North in the Brong Ahafo Region, the Electoral Commission (EC) has said.

Mr Samuel Tettey, the EC Director of Election, said the Jaman North situation was due to disagreements between the political parties over the list of voters on the register.

He said the parties were currently in a meeting with the EC on the subject; adding that as soon as the issue was resolved voting would begin there.

Speaking at a press briefing on the ongoing election, Mr Tettey said when voting finally starts in the Jaman North, the Commission would increase the number of its officials in each polling station and the number of screens to speed up the process.

He said anyone in the queue before the close of polls at 1700 hours would be permitted to vote.

He mentioned late start of voting in some polling stations, failure of security men to report on duty and some electoral officials.

He said the police service had replaced those security officers who failed to report on duty and that the Commission had also replaced officers who failed to turn up.

Mr Tettey said the Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) were so far functioning well and that there were backups to forestall any eventualities.

He said there were reports from the Northern Region that the manual verification forms had run-out; hence the Commission had instructed its District Electoral Officers to make more photo copies.

He said there were reported issues of people not finding their names in the voters register, which he explained that due to the Supreme Court’s ruling that all those who used the NHIS cards to register should be deleted, all such names were deleted and if they failed to register, there was no way they could be on the voters list again and therefore, they can’t vote in the election. GNA

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