The Electoral Commission (EC) says the by-election held in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency on Thursday went as planned with no hitches at all.
The EC Chairperson, Madam Jean Mensa said the polling process was successful and none of the Commission’s officials encountered a challenge at any of the 137 polling stations in the constituency.
Addressing the media at a press conference in Accra, Friday, February 1 2019, Madam Mensah said the EC staff and security agents conducted themselves in an orderly and professional manner.
“At the end of the by-elections at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, the Electoral Commission is pleased to announce that the conduct of the polls in all 137 polling stations was peaceful, smooth and orderly, the EC staff as well as the security agents conducted themselves in an orderly and professional manner,” Madam Mensa noted
In a response to the violence and chaos that occurred at the La Bawaleshie Presby School polling centre, she disagreed with a report by the Coalition for Domestic Election Observer (CODEO) that the low turn up was as a result of the presence of masked men at the polling centre and violence that characterised the polling process.
She however delinked the commission from the violence that occurred at La Bawaleshie Presby polling centre.
“The Commission wishes to state that the said shooting incident did not take place in any of the polling stations in the constituency and, therefore, did not in any way disrupt the conduct of the overall poll.”
She stressed that none of the EC’s Security Officers in any of the 137 polling stations across the constituency were armed giving voters the free will to exercise their right to vote.
The EC Chair said while the Commission abhors violence and the alleged attack on the NDC’s candidate, it will not take the blame for anything that occurred outside the polling centre.
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