#NDCPrimaries: Voting underway
The Wa voting centre at Wa Technical Institute. PICTURE BY EMMANUEL MODEY

NDC Primaries and how the voting went

After days of uncertainty and tense moments, delegates of the main opposition political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are voting today to elect a flag bearer and parliamentary candidates for the 2024 general election.

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Our correspondents are monitoring the elections from various polling stations across the country.

Ningo

From Ningo, Benjamin Xornam Glover reports that voting is underway at the New Ningo Basic B Primary School park in the  Ningo-Prampram Constituency, where two aspirants are contesting the ticket to represent the NDC in Parliament. 

The race for the seat is a two-horse race between the incumbent Samuel Nartey George, and Micheal Kwetey Tetteh.

In all 1,714 delegates from 197 branches are expected to vote in the exercise

Voting started an hour late due to logistical arrangements.

Over 80 police personnel have been deployed to keep law and order. 

The incumbent MP, Sam George was optimistic of his chances in the polls.

Fate of 16 delegates in Ningo Prampram

A contender in the Ningo Prampram Constituency primary, Micheal Kwetey Tetteh is hinting of a undesirable outcome should 16 delegates from two branches be prevented from voting.

The High Court in Tema, has ordered the NDC to allow some 16 delegates to partake in the primaries in the Ningo-Prampram constituency.

These individuals are executives from two branches in the constituency who were not sworn in following the party’s branch elections. 

As a result, they were also not added to the constituency’s delegates list, thus leaving them out of today's  primaries.

The aggrieved executives, led by Jonas Tetteh Obinya, Mattew Ayiku, Mathias Narh, Emmanuel Tawiah and Joshua Tetteh dragged the party to court to compel the party and the constituency executives to swear them in before the upcoming primaries.

The court presided over  Emmanuel Ankamah, a Court of Appeal judge, sitting as an additional High Court Judge ordered the party to not only add their names to the delegates list but also swear them in to enable them partake in the election. 

Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Mr Tetteh said, "where even the two that has been sworn in as ordered by the court will be prevented to vote. This election will not end well, I am assuring you," he said.

Mr Tetteh was optimistic of his chances at winning the ticket to represent the NDC in parliament this time round having missed out at the last primary with seven votes to Sam Nartey George.

Ho

From Ho in the Volta Region, Alberto Mario Noretti reports that voting started at OLA SHS in Ho at 10:32 am. 

In all, 2270 delegates are expected to take part in the voting which is expected to end by 4pm.

Meanwhile, vehicles and humans are competing for space at the entrance of the venue.

The polling centre at the OLA SHS in Ho. PICTURE BY ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI

From Wa, Emmanuel Modey reports that voting started at 9 am.

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For the Presidential, there are 1,855 ballot papers made available and 2,000 for the Parliamentary elections. There are a total of 1,837 delegates for the elections.

Security is tight and only those who are with accreditation cards are allowed to enter, no drumming or noise is also permitted to ensure that there is discipline around the voting centre which is at Wa Technical Institute.

According to the Director of the Electoral Commission, Ben Alaglo, in a bid to ease the elections process there are two election centres both manned by EC staff.

Mr Alaglo said that elections shall end at 4 pm after which the ballots will be counted and only the results of the Parliamentary will be declared at the centre. 

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He said that the Presidential result will be announced and forwarded to Accra to be added to the national results and declared by the Returning Officer.

The Wa voting centre at Wa Technical Institute. PICTURES BY EMMANUEL MODEY

Talensi

From the Talensi Constituency, which is one of the hotspots in the Upper East Region, Gilbert Mawuli Agbey reports that voting was yet to commence as of 10:30am.

Constituency executives were setting up the place for voting to commence at the Tongo Junior High School. 

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A total of eight aspirants, the highest in the entire region, are contesting in the primary in the constituency. 

Delegates were already at the venue as of 10:30am and were waiting patiently to take part in the election. 

Some of the delegates urged the party leadership to fast-track the process to prevent the voting from running into the night.

In the Talensi constituency, executives were setting up the place for voting to commence at the Tongo Junior High School as of 10:30am. PICTURES BY GILBERT MAWULI AGBEY. 

Chiana-Paga

Also, in the Chiana-Paga constituency, information gathered indicated that voting was also yet to commence as of 10:30am as officials of the Electoral Commission were yet to arrive at the Sirigu Catholic Social Centre where the election was being held.

However, checks in other constituencies in the Upper East Region indicated that voting was underway.

A.BA Fuseini faces fierce contest from four others 

Mohammed Fugu reports from the Sagnarigu constituency in the Northern Region, which is one of the hotspots that, the incumbent Member of Parliament, A.B.A Fuseini is facing a fierce contest by four other contenders.

They are Attah Issah, an accountant at the NDC headquarters, Abdul Majeed Alhassan, Yakubu Ahmed and Dr Hamza Bukari Zakaria.

Even before the election, tension has been brewing in the constituency with the various aspirants criss-crossing each other in their campaign activities.

Since the inception of the constituency in 2012, A.B.A Fuseini has been the MP for the area.

However, he is facing stiff competition from the other contenders who are said to be staunch members and financiers of the party.

As of 9:40 am, voting was about to the start at the West African Examination Council (WEAC) hall, centre for the Sagnarigu constituency elections.

About 1,329 delegates including branch, constituency executives and past executives are expected to cast their votes.

Checks by Graphic Online indicated that voting was about to start in other constituencies across the Northern Region.

Officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the region said all electoral materials have been dispatched to the various constituencies to ensure smooth elections.

I am confident of resounding victory - A.B.A Fuseini 

Mohammed Fugu reports that the incumbent MP for Sagnarigu, A.B.A. Fuseini says he is confident of a resounding victory at the close of polls.

Alhaji Fuseini who is bidding for his 4th term in Parliament, said he had been tried and tested by the people while  his performance was evident across the constituency.

Speaking to the media after casting his vote, he said "The delegates are aware of my good works and I believe they will give me another opportunity to lead the party to victory in 2024".

In the Sagnarigu constituency in the Northern Region, which is one of the hotspots that, the incumbent Member of Parliament, A.B.A Fuseini is facing a fierce contest by four other contenders. PICTURES BY MOHAMMED FUGU

Sunyani

From Sunyani, Biiya Mukusah Ali reports the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Aseidu Nketiah was at the Sunyani East Constituency election centre at the Jubilee Park at 7:40am. 

He was at the centre to monitor the constituency and other constituencies in the Bono Region and assess readiness.

There is a court injunction on the Sunyani West Constituency Parliamentary primary, as one of the candidates, Evelyn Akantoa, has filed suit following her disqualification from the contest. 

The parliamentary primary, which is currently on hold was supposed to be an acclamation to confirm Milicent Amankwaa Yeboah as she is the only candidate in the race.

The Presidential primary in that constituency is ongoing at the constituency voting centre.

The election at the rest of the constituencies are underway.

Four incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Bono Region entered the race as unopposed and will be declared as representatives of the NDC for the 2024 elections.

They are Ahmed Ibrahim for Banda, Fredrick Yaw Ahenkwah for Jaman North, Williams Offori-Dateh for Jaman South and Seidu Haruna for Wenchi.

Two incumbents namely: Sulamana Adams for Tain and Vincent Oppong Asamoah for Dormaa West are facing stiff contests by other contestants. 

In all 13, 693 delegates from 12 constituencies are expected to cast their votes in the region. 

In the Sunyani East constituency, voting started at about 9am, shortly after Mr Nketiah had left to other constituencies. 

Said Mubarak, a businessman, who contested in the 2016 and 2020 primaries but lost is now contesting with Kwabena Yeboah-Asuamah, a legal practitioner, who is contesting for the first time.

National Chairman of NDC, Johnson Aseidu Nketiah at the Sunyani East Constituency election centre at the Jubilee Park. PICTURE BY BIIYA MUKASAH ALI 

From Ablekuma South in Greater Accra, Daniel Kenu reported that voting underway was underway smoothly in the presidential primary.

In the parliamentary, the incumbent MP, Alfred Oko Vanderpuje is going unopposed.

Sekondi

From Sekondi, George Folley, reports that, voting started at 8. 35 am.

In all a total of 852 delegates are to choose between Nyamekye Blay Armah and a United States based businessman, Samuel Bissah, otherwise known as Jubidu.

Speaking to Graphic Online, the Sekondi constituency communication officer of the NDC, Kwamena Thompson said he was happy that voting smooth.

Over 2,000 NDC delegates in Bortianor-Ngleshie-Amanfro voting

From the Zaytun Sports Complex park in the Bortianor-Ngleshie-Amanfro constituency, Vincent Amenuveve reports that about 2,035 delegates turned out in their numbers to vote.

The delegates who had formed a long queue at the park waiting patiently for their turn to vote are from the six Electoral areas or wards in the constituency - Amanfro, Galilea, Tuba, Kokrobite, Bortianor and Akwasa. Voting started at 8:00am.

When contacted, the NDC Election Director for the constituency, Abass Abdulai told Graphic Online that four parliamentary aspirants were contesting. They are Felix Akwetey Okle, Senyo Tsagli, Leslie Anim and a former parliamentary candidate in the 2020 general elections, Alexander Akuoko.

Cape Coast

From Cape Coast, Shirley Asiedu-Addo and Francisca Eshun reports that voting in Cape Coast North started around 8:45 am at the WAEC offices in Cape Coast.

The Metropolitan Director of the Electoral Commission, Richard Asenso Boakye is supervising the election.

The enthusiasm among delegates was very high at the electoral grounds.

A total 1090 delegates are expected to cast their votes in the Cape Coast North constituency.

The centre has two polling centres, A and B to make for easy voting.

The 2020 running mate of the NDC, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman was at the polling centre at 10:36am to cast her vote and to monitor how the election was ongoing.

A former deputy minister of Interior, Kobby Acheampong also voted at the centre.

Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman pleaded with the delegates to let peace prevail before and after the election. 

She assured them that they are going to win the upcoming elections in 2024.

Kwesi Walker, the NDC constituency chairman for Cape Coast North urged all delegates to vote in peace.

Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman casting her ballot at Cape Coast North

Ayawaso West Wuogon 

Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson reports from Ayawaso West Wuogon voting was ongoing smoothly at the Ghana Meteorological  Agency Head office at Mempeasem, the voting centre with a high voter turnout.

The Electoral Officer in charge, Lydia Agyiri, told Graphic Online that as of 2:25 pm, 1,062 delegates out of the total number of 1,891 registered delegates had voted.

However, unlike  most constituencies,today’s election at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is only to choose the Presidential candidate and not a parliamentary candidate.

No parliamentary elections at Ayawaso West Wuogon

The NDC constituency Chairman for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Bismark Abor-Ayittey, told Graphic Online that the party had decided to put on hold the elections to select a parliamentary candidate for the constituency because more work needed to be done.

“All constituencies have  unique dynamics and this constituency dynamics suggest that the party must do more work before elections for parliamentary candidates are held,” he said.

When asked when that work will be completed to pave way for elections to select the NDC parliamentary candidate, Mr Abor-Ayittey said that would depend on the party’s hierarchy at the national level.

“But the party’s hierarchy are mindful of the times that we are in and I believe that they will do the needful,” he added

Two nasty incidents nearly mar NDC primary at Koforidua 

From Koforidua, in the Eastern Region Haruna Yussif Wunpini, reports that two nasty incidents nearly disrupted the voting process.

The first incident occurred when the Eastern Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC, Richard Ettornam Nyarko punched the mouth of the New Juaben South Constituency Youth Organiser, Dennis Mensah Akorli.

It took the intervention of the police personnel at GNAT Hall to restore calm after which the constituency Youth Organiser, Mr Akorli who sustained a cut on his mouth with blood oozing had to be taken away by the police.

The second incident involved the Constituency Organiser of the party, Ahmed Tijani Maikano and a delegate, Atta Suleiman who was busily campaigning for his candidate, Eric Yeboah Wadie.

Mr Maikano knocked the delegate, Mr Suleiman's chest after which the two were separated.

That however did not stop the voting process.

Mr Suleiman who was knocked in the chest by Maikano told Graphic Online that he was seriously campaigning for his candidate, Mr Wadie only to be knocked by Maikano.

According to him, all delegates could not belong to only one candidate hence his decision to campaign for Mr Wadie.

In all, 1571 delegates were casting their votes at the time of the two incidents.

At the nearby New Juaben North Constituency voting however went on smoothly and peacefully without any incidents.

A total of 856 delegates were also casting their votes to elect a parliamentary and presidential candidates ahead of the 2024 general elections.

My data speaks for me - Dr Zenator Rawlings confident of victory 

Dickson Worlanyo Dotse reports that the MP for Korle Klottey, Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings has said she will retain her position because people know what she had accomplished for the constituency. 

That, she said, coupled with her team’s passion, dedication and hard work for the constituency were the reason people consistently kept voting for her in the general elections.

“It speaks to something positive in terms of the way people have voted for me. And I think in some ways it speaks to the work that I have been able to put in and I pray for the opportunity to do more,” Dr Agyemang-Rawlings said.

Speaking at the voting grounds at the AMA offices next to the Tema Station the Incumbent stated that she was going to win with or without her late father’s influence adding she was not entertaining any thought of defeat.

“My father wasn’t here in 2020 but I won the general election. You can only speak to the data and the data shows that in 2016 I beat the NPP candidate by a margin of over 4000 and in 2020 that appreciated to over 8000… that speaks to a lot,” she said.

As of 6am, all four polling stations had been set up by the Electoral Commission.

Voting commenced a few minutes after 8am and moved on smoothly.  

According to the Municipal Director of Elections, Linda Abban, 2,006 delegates were expected to vote. 

It included 29 executives, six former ministers and deputy ministers, and 1,971 other delegates.

Others contending Dr Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings for her office are Meredith Naa Odarkai Lamptey Addy and Nii John Alfonso Coleman.

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