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Dumelo wants voting halted at polling station over the absence of indelible ink

BY: graphic.com.gh
The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso-West Wuogon constituency, John Dumelo
The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso-West Wuogon constituency, John Dumelo

The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso-West Wuogon constituency, John Dumelo is calling for a halt of the voting process at the GIMPA polling Station 1 due to the absence of indelible ink.

The NDC candidate in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM said he was disappointed that the Electoral Commission officials were allowing the process to continue in the absence of the ink which is used to mark the finger of a voter making it impossible for him or her to vote more than once.

He said: “I am disappointed in the process. We do not have indelible ink here, and they are allowing the process to still continue which is wrong, which is not right There should be indelible ink.”

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“I suggest that they stop the whole process and let them get the ink before they continue. The indelible ink is the surest way to know that one has voted or not. Then people are coming to do over voting or what?”

John Dumelo and the incumbent New Patriotic Party’ (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate, Lydia Alhassan are the frontrunners for the Parliamentary election.

The incumbent MP who run unopposed in her party primaries for the 2020 poll succeeded her husband, Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko, in 2018, after he lost his life.

The NPP has held the Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary seat since 2000.

EC reacts

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) says its attention has been "drawn to some lapses at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency".

The EC in a public announcement said the lapses have led to a late start in voting in certain polling stations within the constituency.

"The Commission has taken immediate steps to address the situation. Meanwhile, voters who will be in the queue before 5:00 pm will be allowed to vote," the announcement said.