NANA ARKOH Frimpong, a journalist believed to be working for Light TV who is a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Asene-Manso-Akroso constituency of the Eastern Region, on Tuesday disrupted voting momentarily at the Akwatia Lorry Station where delegates were voting to elect the party’s parliamentary candidate in a delayed primary.
Nana Arkoh Frimpong, who was a polling agent for Basil Ahiable, a contender to the incumbent MP, Baba Jamal, allegedly pulled out a knife at one Nana Yaw Darko and threatened to stab him.
At the end of the election, Baba Jamal, deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations won with 3653 votes with Ahiable polling 2016 votes from total vote cast of 5767 while 98 ballots were rejected.
Nana Arkoh reportedly claimed that Nana Yaw Darko was not a supporter of the NDC.
The lone policeman who was at the polling station had a hectic time, but before a colleague was called for support, the young man had been whisked away in a van. The police has declared him wanted.
There was total pandemonium in almost all the 22 polling centres as some prospective voters were prevented from casting their votes on the basis that they were opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) members.
Supporters of Ahiable and Baba Jamal were spotted exchanging blows at some polling centres.
At the Kwamekuma Yoruba Mosque, there was also a misunderstanding among voters over accusation that some of them were imposters but the issue was quickly resolved.
At the Wenchi durbar ground, the exercise was held up for some minutes due to a similar misunderstanding among some of the party supporters.
A member of the NDC was said to have brought an ID card with the same name in the register but different number and pictures.
While some of the party faithful said she should be allowed to cast her ballot, others protested against it.
But the electoral officers and the security personnel managed to put things in order before the voter was allowed to cast her vote.
A woman named, Fati Mohammad nearly collapsed at the Akwatia Lorry Station when she intended to vote.
Unfortunately for her, when the Returning Officer discovered her name in the register, it was detected that someone had already used her name to vote because it had been ticked.
FROM Daniel Bampoe