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Impressive turnout at polling centres at Oguaa
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Politics of Tuesday, 26 September 2006

Source: GNA

Impressive turnout at polling centres at Oguaa

Cape Coast (C/R), Sept. 26, GNA - There was an impressive turn out with long queues at almost all the seven polling centres the GNA visited in Cape Coast, when voting to elect representatives to the district assemblies and unit committees took of on Tuesday morning.

At the Brofoyedur Centre, 200 of the 882 registered voters had cast their votes by 11:00 hours while the Amanful Centre had 182 out of 1,206 as there was still a long queue of voters waiting.

Voters at the Akyem and Mboakuw Hall and Academy of Christ the King polling centres had cast 90, 170 and 84 of the 807, 630 and 856, of registered voters respectively when the GNA got there at about 11:00 hours as more voters were seen trooping in to cast their ballots.

The story was no different, at the Elmina Market Square Polling Centre, where 50 of the 1,675 eligible voters had cast their votes as at 0750 and there was still a long queue. The polling assistant, Mr Oscar Etru said people who had their names in the register but had lost their cards were allowed to vote.

Seventy four of the 732 voters at the Neizer's Gardens Centre had also cast their voters as at 08:25, while at the Mboakuw Hall and Essuekyir centres, 34 and 62 of the 729 and 969 registered voters respectively, had turned out as at 08:50.

There was, however, a low turn-out in many of the polling centres in the Abura Asebu Kwamankesse District when voting began on Tuesday morning.

During GNA's visit to seven polling centres in the District, there were no queues and voters were seen trickling in to cast their votes.

At the Methodist Primary A Centre, 27 of the 806 registered voted had cast their votes as at 0800 hours, while 26 out of 780 had cast their votes at the Methodist Primary B Centre, where six candidates each, including one woman are contesting.

A total of 28 out of 699 voters had voted at the Catholic Church Polling Centre as at 0825 hours and 66 out of 697 had voted at the Catholic Primary as at 0830 to elect one of four male candidates. Sixty-eight voters out of 359 had exercised their franchise at the CPB Obronkyew Polling Centre as at 08:35 with 27 of the 737, having voted at the Kotukotue Apostolic Church, where five candidates also all males were contesting.

At the old Methodist Church Polling Centre, 95 out of 437 persons had voted by 08:50 for four male candidates.

Later in an interview, Mr Peter Yeboah Pinkrah, District Electoral Officer, said the District had 30 electoral areas, but voting was taking place in 27 electoral areas, as the candidates in the remaining three areas had been returned unopposed.

He could, however, not readily give the total number of voters and the candidates in the District.

Maame Yaa, a farmer, whom the GNA saw going about her normal business, said she was 'not keen' to vote in the elections because most of the assembly members they voted for in the last election did not perform.

According to her some of the assembly members could not even help their electoral areas to build places of convenience, let alone school blocks or other infrastructure.

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