A delegate has been arrested at the Effia Constituency in the Western region for taking a picture of his ballot in the ongoing primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
It is illegal in Ghana’s electoral laws for a voter to take a picture of their vote. The suspect has been taken to the Takoradi Central Police station.
Meanwhile, the Western Regional Secretary for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Charles Bissue has issued a stem warning to any aspirant found using macho men or vigilante groups. He said such aspirants will be disqualified automatically.
Speaking on Elections Hub on Empire Fm and Radio 360 in Takoradi, said the party has banned all forms of such groupings within the NPP.
“This is just a rehearsal, it should be a party affair, the real deal is about the NDC, we know our aspirants are law-abiding people but we just want to remind them about such unacceptable acts”, he warned.
He further revealed that the police have been informed to keep a close eye on Kwesimintsim, Ahanta West and Effia constituencies.
Voting is currently on hold in Adansi Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti region as incumbent Member of Parliament, K. T Hammond has rejected a new register to be used for the election.
Mr Hammond rejected the register or photo album as he wanted another register to be used for the election. But his opponent, Nana Brefo has also rejected the register being proposed by the incumbent MP.
The situation has created a standoff between the two contestants which has led to the voting being put on hold.
Voting was expected to start at 7 am Saturday morning.
Delegates of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are electing Parliamentary candidates to represent the party in the December 7 polls.
Executives of the party say the elections will be held within electoral areas to ensure enhanced social distancing and Covid-19 safety protocols.
A total of 374 aspirants are contesting in 168 constituencies. Of the number, 325 are men and 51 women. 67 of the aspirants are contesting unopposed and would be acclaimed by delegates of the party in the various constituencies.