Tuesday, December 23, 2008

NDC rejects Ashanti Region special voting?

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the results of the special voting exercise in the Ashanti Region even before the votes are counted.

The party says it will not allow the votes in the region to be added to the results of the December 28 polls because of what it says were the widespread irregularities.

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDC, Daniel Ohene Agyekum told Joy News that the number of voters in most polling centres in the region had more than doubled.

He claims at Kwadaso polling station, the number had increased from 540 in the last special voting to over 1,500 this time around.

The Electoral Commission (EC) officials explain that some officials who could not vote in the last special voting prior to the December 7 election were disenfranchised as they could not partake in the exercise.

To forestall this situation, the officials and other political party agents who will be on duty on December 28 were allowed to vote.

That, they said account for increasing numbers at the polling centres.

But Mr Ohene Agyekum will have none of that claiming he was nearly manhandled while some supporters of the NDC had been arrested unjustifiably.

Meanwhile Joy News' Yaw Ansu Gyeabour reports that the election went very peacefully.

He said there were a few complaints of some people failing to find their names in the special voters list.

Luv FM's Said Ali Yakubu also said the exercise was peaceful.

He said the list of voters was handwritten and that was a bit worrying for some voters.

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