Confusion breaks; delegate punches EC official's face at Odododiodio NPP primaries

Confusion breaks; delegate punches EC official's face at Odododiodio NPP primaries

- Tensions were high after a delegate was prevented from voting on behalf of another delegate at the ongoing NPP primaries in Odododiodio

- The delegate punched the face of the Electoral Commission official who tried to stop him from casting a proxy vote

- A brief brawl between the delegate and EC official ensued following the assault

- The elections, which is currently underway at the Sacred Heart High School is expected to receive over 900 delegates

Tensions were high amid chaos in the Odododiodio constituency following an assault on an Electoral Commission official while polls were ongoing on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Sacred Heart High School.

According to ghanaweb, the brief stint of chaos was prompted by a man who wanted to cast a proxy vote by voting on behalf of another delegate but was prevented by the Electoral Commission official.

The man punched the face of the official who attempted to stop him from voting on behalf of a delegate.

However, a timely intervention of the police at the scene helped to control the fight from escalating.

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NPP primaries: Confusion as delegate punches EC official's face at Odododiodio
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In an interview with ghanaweb, the District Electoral Police Officer, Ashiedu Keteke, explained the delegate was prevented on the back that he did not follow due process.

Ashiedu Keteke further disclosed that candidates have been adequately informed about the details of proxy voting to curtail a repeat of the unfortunate altercation.

''He noted that the man who wanted to cast a proxy vote for a delegate did not go through the right procedure and should have identified himself as a proxy voter. The EC official would have then taken him through the process,''Ashiedu Keteke said.

He added that the ''aspirant’s agent complained that they were not informed that there was proxy voting elections.''

However, Ashiedu Keteke noted officials explained to delegates that the voting would be exercised.

The election, currently ongoing at the Sacred Heart SHS, is expected to assemble 913 delegates including Council of Elders, Council of patrons, Constituency Executives and Coordinators.

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