General News of Wednesday, 7 December 2016
The Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) has patted itself on the back describing the general elections, so far, as “exceptionally successful” after close of polls at 5:00pm Wednesday.
The elections were generally successful with only one case of postponement – in the Jaman North Constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region. Late start at some constituencies notably Afram Plains North Constituency resulted in extension of polls.
At the end of Wednesday’s civic exercise, the Commission said: “Our reports have shown that the exercise has been exceptionally successful in all places except in very few instances where we had minor issues”.
Adequate measures have been taken to cater for areas where the “minor issues” were recorded. Most observers have been full of praise for the exercise.
The National Peace Council, which set up an elections situation room in Accra to monitor the polls, rated the exercise B+, which is above average.
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Porter Jackson, asked Ghanaians to be proud of the outcome. Counting is underway at the various polling stations with officials figures expected to be announced late into Wednesday night.