How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

Editor's note: YEN.com.gh senior editor Laila Abubakari shares her voting experience and looks at how fellow Ghanaians spent the day at the polling stations.

I woke up with a lot of excitement today because December 7, the day of reckoning for most politicians and citizens in Ghana had come.

At about 7:30am, I headed out to my polling centre; the Ghana Institute of Journalism but my excitement was beaten down by the emptiness of my neighbourhood and streets. It was as if everyone had run away at night while I was asleep.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

After waiting for a few minutes, I got a taxi and arrived at my destination at about 8:15am. As expected, the queue was relatively short and so I proceeded to mark a spot (like the typical Ghanaian I am) while I went on a greeting and catching-up spree with old school mates.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

By 9:45am, it was my turn to vote and everything went on smoothly even though I was without my voters ID card. I was able to verify my identity with my passport and was given my ballot paper to cast my vote.

I did not like how deep my finger was dipped into the indelible ink although I got over it quickly with the consoling thought that it was for a good cause and that it was to prevent multiple voting by some mischievous electorates.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

My centre - in its natural election character - was very quiet and everyone who finished voting immediately left the premises; just as the EC had advised.

On my way to work, I realised how hungry I was and decided to scout for my favourite choice of breakfast, waakye, around the Nyaniba area in Osu.

To my surprise, the nearest polling centre to the waakye vendor’s stall was almost empty with very few people waiting in line to cast their precious votes.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

I would soon discover that most of the polling centres in the Osu and Labone areas had similar turn outs. I couldn't verify if this was normal voter turn out or situation every election year.

Aside scanty reports of instability in some polling centres across the country, there have been very positive reviews by citizens and many are impressed with the organisation of the elections led by the Electoral commission.

READ ALSO: The Rawlings sisters cast their vote in Osu Klottey constituency

Check out some photos from other polling centres across the country by EPA’s photographer Christian Thompson.

Voters line up to cast their ballots in the presidential elections at a polling station in Mpoase, Accra.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

Woman casts her vote in one of the constituencies in Accra.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

Presidential candidate on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo votes in his centre at Kyebi.

How I voted today at the Osu Klottey constituency

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