Police have busted one person for blocking Whindo road in the Western Region to EC officials
Kwesimintsim police have arrested one person at Whindo in the kwesimintsim Constituency in the Western Region after residents allegedly blocked the road in the area to electoral officials.
The action according to the angry residents was to express their outrage over the bad road network which has been abandoned over the years.
With the intervention of the police, the road has since been cleared for the officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) to move to their polling station.
The incident delayed the early start of the polls at the centre.
Speaking in an interview with the media, a resident bemoaned that all attempts to draw the attention of the officials to the road had proven futile and blocking the road was the only punishment they could give to authorities to ensure their grievances are met.
“Despite many demonstrations we have held, they have still not constructed our roads. That is why we blocked the road today so that we do not participate in the election.”
“The road is bad such that we spend a lot of time for a 30-minute journey. The District Chief Executive (DCE) promised to asphalt the road but nothing has been done,” one of the angry residents told Citi News.
Meanwhile, report stated that the voting processes across other centres in the Western region are incident-free.
Aside the Kwesimintsim incident no other incident has been recorded at centres in the Sekodi-Takoradi metropolis as at the time media visited, thus voting is going on smoothly and peacefully.
About 2020 elections
Over 17 million Ghanaians are exercising their franchise nationwide today to elect a president and their Members of Parliament.
Voting has started in the over 38,000 polling stations across the country as Ghana holds its 8th general elections in the Fourth Republic.
With many voters already in long queues, the polls have begun in earnest at most of the polling stations.
Per regulations from the Electoral Commission, voting starts at 7am and ends at 5pm, after which sorting and counting will be done at the various centres.
Report has revealed that majority of polling stations had received all relevant materials including ballot papers, ballot boxes among others to enable them to commence the voting process.