General News of Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Just hours into the first part of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, early or special voting by security and other personnel who will be deployed on election day, reports reaching Adomonline.com indicate all is not well with the process, with pockets of unrest reported across the country.
Prince Williams of our affiliate Yankee FM reports Immigration Officers at Sampa, capital of the Jaman North constituency in the Brong Ahafo region, have embarked on a demonstration and are threatening to disrupt the voting process because their names are not in the register.
An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity to Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show, said that a large number of immigration officers who had returned from their various duty posts to vote were told their names were not in the register but they could return on December 7 to check if their names were in the register.
‘How can we return on December 7, when we have been sent to duty posts all over, to vote here? If they don’t want us to vote they should tell us. Some of us have traveled from afar to come here.’
In Tema Community 2, which is in the Tema West Constituency of the Greater Accra region, a number of security officers eager to vote were disappointed to find their names missing from the register. A female police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of possible reprisal, confirmed the names were missing and speculated that there could be some underhand dealings at the EC.
The Ashanti regional chairman of the NPP, F.F. Anto, speaking from the Ebenezer Methodist Church polling centre in the Bantama Constituency, reports that a Policeman who had traveled all the way from the Upper East region to vote did not find his name in the register.
Maxwell Kofi Jumah, NPP MP for Asokwa, also told Adakabre Frimpong Manso, host of Dwaso Nsem, that police officers in the Buffalo Unit, especially in the Ashanti region and Tema did not find their names in the register.