101,014 voted during Special Voting – EC

101,014 voted during Special Voting – EC

101,014 registered voters cast their ballots on the two Special voting days according to the Electoral Commission (EC).

The figure represents 79.29 percent of the 127,396 registered special voters.

The Electoral Commission (EC) announced an extra day for Special voting to prevent the special voters including security personnel, media and election officials from being disenfranchised.

The decision was taken after the first day of the exercise was fraught with challenges as hundreds of registered voters who had turned up to vote were turned away as their names were not on the register.

However, voters faced similar challenges on the second day.

The Electoral Commission which had initially decided to allow voters to cast their ballots in the constituencies of their choice announced last Wednesday that persons must vote in the constituencies they registered in.

This created some controversy as several persons who had their names in the registers of constituencies they lived in and had gone to the centres to vote were sent back.

Checks revealed that voters had to go back to the constituencies in which they had originally registered in order to cast their ballots.

The situation inconvenienced several people who had  not been aware of the change and had turned up at the wrong polling stations and left them stranded.

The EC said in a statement that 8,657 special voters cast their ballots during the second phase of the special voting on December 4 after a total of 92,357 voters cast their ballots on December 1.

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By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana

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