Voting is ongoing in the District level elections in all the Districts and Municipalities in the Brong- Ahafo Region with the exception of Nkoranza North and South District where elections have been postponed indefinitely for security reasons.
Banewsgh.com’s Danjima Yaro has visited some of the polling stations in the Sunyani Township and reported that, voting was smooth without any problem except that, as at the time of the visit, the voter turnout was not encouraging as only few people had cast their votes.
Among the polling stations visited are, Penkwasi Apostolic, Islamic’ A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ at Penkwase, Prebytarian Junior High School Number one and Two at Nkwabeng, Presbytarian Lower and Upper Primary, Presby Primary ‘A’ and ‘B’ all at Zongo Electoral Area.
At Penkwase Apostolic, as at 7;25am only 4 people had cast their votes whilst at Penkwase Islamic School ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’, only 4, 6 and 5 people have cast their votes respectively around the same time.
Eleven people had voted at Presby J.H.S Number Two at Nkwabeng as at 10;30. At Presby Lower Primary and Presby Primary ‘A’ at Zongo Electoral area, 29 and 42 people had cast their votes as at 10;35 and 10;40 respectively.
The Presiding Officer at Presby J.H.S Number Two, Mr Samuel Appiah was disappointed at the abysmal votal turn out and expressed the hope that, as the day goes by, people will come out in their numbers to vote.
He attributed the low turn out to the exercise falling on a week day which is a working day with people busy in their work places and offices, but he added that, he was expecting people to come and cast their vote later in the afternoon when they were less busy.
At Presby Lower Primary, Mr Edusei Collins who is the Presiding Officer described the exercise as not encouraging but orderly and disclosed that, the only challenge they encountered was the coding system where some names were found without their accompanying codes and some having their codes with names not being found on the register.
However, Mr Abu Sadik, a Presiding Officer at Presby Primary ‘A’ told our reporter that, three people were turned away and were not allowed to cast their ballot because the machine failed to verify them.
The atmosphere was generally peaceful in all the polling centres visited as security personnel were spotted ensuring sanity whilst the election officers were sitting idle having little to do because people were not coming out to vote.