Voting took off smoothly with long winding queues in almost all the polling stations that the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited in the Central Region.
Most of the queues started building up as early as 0400 hours when the electoral officials had not even arrived at the polling stations to mount their materials for voting to start at 0700 hours.
People used stones, chairs, gallons and other materials to form queues anxious and determined to cast their votes early to avoid any inconveniences.
In most of the polling stations the GNA visited, the elderly, expectant mothers, health workers and physically challenged persons were allowed to cast their ballots without jointing the queue, while others were given seats to wait for their turn.
At the Abura Ahmadiyya Primary Polling Station, 64 out of 642 eligible voters had cast their ballots as at 0817 hours, while 43 out of 832 had voted at the Abura Ahmadiyya Primary ‘B’ as at 0745 hours, with Roman Catholic ‘A’ recording 23 out of 818 voters as at 0740 hours.
When the GNA visited the UCC Main Library Polling Station ‘A’ at 0945 hours, a total of 105 out of 660 had cast their votes while 104 out of 685 had also cast their votes in UCC library ‘B’ polling station at the same time.
The situation was not different from more than 10 other polling stations visited by the GNA in the Cape Coast North and South constituencies as people waited anxiously to cast their votes.
At the Cape Coast Town Hall ‘A’ Polling Station where 718 eligible voters were expected to vote,158 had voted as at 0915 hours.
Mr Benjamin Frank Hagan, the Presiding Officer at the station, told the GNA that the station had 22 transfer voters while two persons were not allowed to vote because their names were found in the external list.
He explained that the two might have done double registration or did not check their names during the voter exhibition exercise.
Turnout at the various stations at the Abura Asebu Kwamankese District have been very encouraging as queues were formed long before voting started exactly at 0700 hrs in many of the polling stations.
Voting at Nkontrodu, Amissano, Elmina, SSNIT Flats Daddy’s Block A and B in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafor-Abrem Consituency were all going on without any incidents.
Two people who could not be verified were allowed to vote manually.