The special voting exercise took a rocky turned in the Bolgatanga Central Constituency that throws massive doubt on the Electoral Commission's capabilities to organize a peaceful elections.
The New Patriotic Party's leads in the constituency lodged a complain over the involvement of security recruits in the activity.
The scene of the election was thrown into wild protests and open altercations among agents of the NPP, officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) and security personnel in the early hours of Thursday after the NPP disrupted the exercise, saying the recruits would not be allowed to take part in it.
The NPP agents called on the recruits to vacate the polling area. When the recruits refused, the agents barked angry orders at them to leave the area.
Over 800 recruits, according to the NPP, were at the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, the polling centre for the special voting in the constituency.
"We are not saying they should not vote. But they should go back to Talensi, the constituency where the police training school is located. That is where they reside for now. You are supposed to vote where you are resident. The CI (Constitutional Instrument) says that if you are not resident in a constituency, you cannot vote there. And this is Bolgatanga.
"We definitely will not allow you here. We asked for the voter register long, long ago. It was only last night they gave it to our parliamentary candidate," the party's Regional Organiser, Jerry Asamani, told journalists.
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