Ghana Election 2012: Latest Updates And Results
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Voting to continue on Saturday
The Electoral Commission has declared that the 2012 general elections have been adjourned to Saturday, December 8, 2012.This is to enable persons who were unable to cast their ballot due to the faulty verification devices to vote.
Speaking to Citi News, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the EC, Sylvia Annor explained that directive applied to polling stations where the biometric verification of voters could not be completed and where electoral materials arrived very late.
“Polling will continue tomorrow, Saturday, 8th December to give the opportunity to the affected persons who vote.”
She added that all Presiding officers have been instructed to arrange with the Police to take custody of all the ballot boxes and electoral materials to be kept at the Police Station.
According to Madam Annor, persons who are still queued up to vote can vote if the verification machines at the centers are working.
Below is a statement from the Electoral Commission
ADJOURNMENT OF POLL AT POLLING STATIONS WHERE BIOMETRIC VERIFICATION OF VOTERS COULD NOT BE COMPLETED.
The Electoral Commission directs as follows;
(1) At polling stations where the biometric verification of voters could not be completed and as a result some voters in the queue could not be processed to vote,
(2) Where election materials arrived very late that all the voters in the queue could not be processed to vote,polling should continue tomorrow, Saturday 8th December, 2012 to give the opportunity to the affected persons to vote.
Presiding Officers should arrange with the police for the safe custody of all ballot boxes and election materials.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (OPERATIONS)
Voting ends, counting underway
Voting has ended in several polling stations across the country even though voting is still ongoing due to the breakdown of verification machines. One of such places that counting has begun includes the McCarthy Hill area in the Weija Constituency. Counting has also started in several polling stations nationwide. Counting has also begun in some polling stations in the Kintampo North constituency while voting is also ongoing in some polling stations.
Voting ongoing despite deadline
Officially voting has ended in the 2012 general elections but voting is still ongoing in many polling stations across the country due to the breakdown of verification machines. Voting in several polling stations took off as late as 1 pm.
According to the EC, any voter who is still in the queue as at 5: pm is eligible to vote and must be allowed to cast his ballot. It is however expected that voting is likely to go deep into the night and in some areas likely to end tomorrow morning.
In some polling stations as many as 700 to 1,000 people could still be seen in the queues.
Owusu Parry plan to allow rejected electorates vote
The acting director of the Public Affairs Unit of the Electoral Commission, Christian Owusu Parry says the EC would come out with a statement soon to spell out a plan to allow eligible voters who failed to vote because of verification machine breakdown. He noted that the EC has taken note of the various reports of the machine breakdown and would soon find a way to allow everybody to vote.
Power outage at Anyaa Sowutoum
Contrary to assurances by the VRA, ECG and GRIDCO that the lights would not go off during the electioneering period, the lights are out at the Anyaa Sowutoum constituency as the voting draws to a close. Reports indicate that there are still long queues at various polling stations in the constituency and some voters are uncertain whether they continue to vote in the dark.
Some voters are reportedly leaving the polling because they have waited in the queues for long hours and cannot wait any longer.
NPP supporters besiege NADMO Head office
Supporters of the New Patriotic Party have besieged the NADMO head office in Accra alleging that officials of NADMO have stocked printed ballot boxes in their offices in a bid to rig the elections for the NDC. A security team led by DCOP John Kudalor are trying to convince the supporters to leave the premises but they have vowed never to leave until they are allowed to search the offices themselves.
The NPP supporters are threatening to force their way into the NADMO office to ensure that printed ballot boxes have not been stocked in the offices.
A member of the NPP communication Team Yaw Buabeng Asamoah in an interview with XYZ News stated that they picked up intelligence over a week ago that NADMO was moving ballot boxes in and out of their offices.
He said NADMO officials must prove to Ghanaians and the NPP supporters that they are not trying to rig the elections by hiding ballot boxes in their offices.
Foreign Affairs Minister finally votes after trying 10 times
The Foreign Affairs Minister Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni has finally cast his vote after trying ten times without the verification machine identifying him. Speaking after casting his vote, Alhaji Mumuni stated that process is very frustrating and sympathises with those who could not vote because they were not recognized by the verification machine.
President Mahama votes in Bole
President John Mahama has cast his vote at the Bole Bamboi constituency and went straight to the Palace of the Chief of Bole-Bamboi to pay homage. He also visited his father’s residence in Bole after arriving in his home constituency to vote.
Speaking to the media after casting his vote, President Mahama stated that the NDC is going to maximize its votes in the Northern region. He urged that all must go out and vote and determine the next President of the country and not allow anybody to decide for them.
He called on the EC and asked them to rectify the glitches that have characterised the process and pleaded with the EC to allow everybody cast his vote. President Mahama stated that this election would consolidate Ghana’s democracy once and for all.
He reiterated that he is confident that he would win the elections one-touch.
Two EC officials reportedly beaten up
A deputy electoral officer and a female technician reportedly received severe beatings from voters at the Ayigya-Ahenbronoum polling centre in the Oforikrom Constituency over suspicion that they were trying to influence the election results in favour of a particular political party. The swift intervention of the police patrol team saved them from being lynched.
The victims, Mr Arthur, and Nana Yaa, were accused of deliberately refusing to put the Electoral Commission (EC) stamp on ballot papers given out to voters with the view to invaliding those ballots.
Voting without verification
Voters in the Upper East region are voting without a verification machine. This is as a result of the breakdown of the verification during the voting process.
Voting stalled at Awutu Senya
Voting has stalled at the Awutu Senya East constituency in the Central region after the verification machine broke down. The Presiding officer told XYZ News reporter that an expert has been dispatched from the EC office to go and repair the machine for the voting to continue.
Police prevents near clash between supporters of Ato Quarshie and J.S Annan
A near fight broke out between supporters of the incumbent MP for the KEEA constituency, Dr. J.S Annan and Independent MP aspirant Ato Quarshie. Dr. J.S Annan is reported to have ordered the incumbent MP to leave the polling station which his supporters did not take kindly and almost engaged supporters of the incumbent MP.
But the security were present to immediately put the situation under control to prevent the two factions from engaging each other in a fight.
Voting in Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis is peaceful
Voting in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis has been relatively peaceful as there is orderliness at all the polling stations. Presiding Officers at the polling stations said that they received all their voting materials on time for the exercise to start at exactly 07.00 hours and have not encountered any problems.
Agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) were present at the stations, while those of the other parties were conspicuously absent.
Mamprusi DCE has not been arrested for snatching ballot boxes – EC
The Electoral Commission Director for West Mamprusi Chief S.A Adams has denied reports that the DCE for the area has been arrested for snatching rwo ballot boxes. Earlier reports indicated that the DCE had been detained at the Walewale Police Station for taking the ballot boxes.
But Chief S.A Adams in an interview with XYZ News denied the reports stating that there has been some confusion in some parts of the constituency but nobody has been arrested for snatching a ballot box.
NDP officials preventing Ghanaians residing in Togo from voting
Information gathered by Radio XYZ indicates that agents of the National Democratic Party are preventing some Ghanaians residing in Togo who are crossing the border to come and cast their vote from doing so.
A reporter Emmanuel Tokame told Radio XYZ that according to the NDP officials, the people do not reside in Ghana and have no right to come into the country to vote.
Voting Boycotted over distance in Volta
At Nkuruta in the Volta North constituency, voters have refused to vote stating that they have been transferred to Volta South to vote. They claim that the distance between North and South is quite a distance and for that they have decided not to vote.
Pregnant woman votes in Labour
Reports from the Ashanti region indicate that a pregnant woman went into labour as she was about to cast her vote. She was however allowed to vote in labour after which she was rushed to the Hospital.
The Bad, Drawbacks!
*Machine breaks down
The verification machine at the Joshua polling station at the La Dade Kotokpon has broken down bringing the voting exercise to a halt. Meanwhile, the verification machine in some parts of the Adenta constituency are yet to arrive for the process to commence.
*Electorates Boycott voting
Electorates at the Palace Town polling station at the Anyaa constituency are threatening to boycott the electoral process because according to them the ballot boxes have been tempered with.
The voters told Radio XYZ that the ballot boxes had been opened before they were brought to the polling station. They also indicated that the verification machines are not working and until a new verification machine and new ballot boxes are brought they would not cast their vote.
NPP MP for the constituency, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has however urged NPP members not to vote until the verification machines are brought.
At the Ayigya constituency in Kumasi in the Ashanti region an Electoral Officer has been arrested for failing to stamp 200 ballot papers. He has been taken to the Central Police Station under the instructions of the Central Police commander.
Also a young man has has been arrested for attempting to snatch a ballot box at Ala Bar in the Ashanti region. He has hoever been sent to the Manhyia Police station.
Boy arrested at Odododiodoo for voting twice
An electorate who tried to elude the laws governing our rules by trying to vote twice has been arrested at the Ledzorkuku constituency in Accra. Though the name of the lad has not been made public information indicates that the police have arrested the person who tried to act ‘sensibly’ at the polling center.
Presidential candidates, other personalities vote
So far four Presidential candidates have cast their vote in their various constituencies.
The Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has just cast his vote in the Akyem Abuakwa constituency in the Eastern region. His presence caused a stir at the polling station as electorates gathered there wanted to catch a glimpse of him. In his address to Ghanaians he stated his victory is in the hands of Ghanaians.
The Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has just cast his vote at the Korle Klottey constituency in Accra. The Vice President after voting thanked Ghanaians for turning out in their numbers to vote and urged to EC to move quickly and solve issues of machine breakdown in various constituencies.
He however added that he is confident that the NDC would be declared winners by Saturday afternoon.
The First Lady Lordina Mahama has cast her vote at Cantonments in the Greater Accra region. No need to ask who she voted for. Speaking to the media after casting her vote she added that by God’s grace her husband President Mahama would win the elections one touch.
Former First Lady Ernestina Naadu Mills has just voted at the Regimanuel estate on the Spintex road.
Odike sure of victory
UFP Flagbearer Akwasi Odae Odike who cast his vote at the Kwadaso constituency stated that he is confident of winning the elections.
Hassan Ayariga says he would win one touch
Hassan Ayariga of the PNC who voted in Bawku in the Upper East region stated that says all indications shows that he is winning the election one touch. He However stated that he voted for himself contrary to claims that h was not going to vote for himself.
PNC Chairman dies in fatal accident, EC officials injured
The Chairman of the People’s National Convention for the Karaga constituency Alhassan Ze, has died in a fatal accident in the Northern region.According to reports from the Northern region the chairman was on his way to the constituency to mobilize supporters of the party to go out in their numbers to vote.
Meanwhile, some EC officials moving electoral materials to the Volta region have also been involved in an accident accident.Reports from the Ho Central indicates that voting has not started because the electoral materials have not arrived due to the accident.
Radio XYZ’s Volta regional correspondent Emmanuel Atupka reported that voters have converged at the polling stations but voting is yet to start.The victims have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Updates by radioxyzonline…
Long queues at polling centres ahead of elections- Voting starts at 7 am.
Ghana Election 2012
275 Parliamentary Seats
6th Election under the Fourth Republican Constitution
- John Dramani Mahama, National Democratic Congress (NDC)
- Dr Henry Lartey, Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP)
- Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP)
- Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom , Progressive People’s Party (PPP)
- Mr Akwasi Addae, United Front Party (UFP)
- Mr Hassan Ayariga, People’s National Convention (PNC)
- Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster, Convention People’s Party (CPP)
- Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, Independent Candidate