Politics of Monday, 25 February 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
All registered voters in the Buem Constituency in the Volta Region who will cast their votes in the bye-election for the vacant parliamentary seat, come Tuesday, February 26, have been assured that all the necessary arrangements and logistics have been made for a smooth election.
All the 84 polling centres have, since Saturday, been supplied with biometric verification machines, with the necessary back-ups in case of unforeseen faults.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, Ms Lawrentia Kpatakpa, the Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), said all the ballot papers were ready and had been deposited with the police at Jasikan for onward distribution.
She, therefore, called on the five contesting parties to verify the seals and serial numbers on the ballot boxes before they could be handed over to the police.
She said the EC had also arranged a two-day training programme for the 336 election officials who would man each of the polling stations, saying the training was scheduled from yesterday, February 24, and today.
She named the political parties and their parliamentary candidates as the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Daniel Kwasi Asiamah, a 43-year-old marketer; the People's National Convention (PNC), Mr Adams Darko-Boateng, a 29-year-old teacher of the Nurriyah Islamic Basic School at Jasikan; the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Mr Ellis Akoto-Ade, a 63-year-old retired teacher; the National Vision Party (NVP), Alhaji Muniru, 38, also a teacher, and the Convention People's Party (CPP), Nelson Asafo, 46, a businessman.
Ms Kpatakpa assured the people that the Police Service had made all the necessary security arrangements to deploy security men throughout the constituency for a peaceful and transparent bye-election.
The bye-election became necessary due to the sudden death of Mr Henry Ford Kamel, the Member of Parliament for the area who was also the Volta Regional Minister, on December 25, last year.
He was laid to rest at Guaman, his home town, on February 23.