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General News of Sunday, 4 December 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Let me vote or no one else would - Angry police man disrupts process

A police man who was angry over his inability to cast his ballot in the second round early voting violently disrupted the process at the Tamale Central Constituency in the Northern Region.

The officer, whose name is yet to be disclosed is reported to have thrown away plastic chairs meant to be used by the EC officials, warning, if he would not be allowed to vote then no one else would.

He was part of thousands of security officers, journalists and electoral commission officials who could not find their names on the special voter's register list.

The special voting was to allow for these professionals to cast their ballot early enough so they will concentrate on their duties on election day.

A total of 127,000 were on the special voters list and were to cast their ballot on December 1, 2016.

However, on December 1, the exercise was dogged with many anomalies and infractions characterised with missing names of special voters.

Due to the many infractions, the EC in consultation with the political parties decided to extend the special voting exercise by one more day to allow those who could not vote on the first day to vote on the second.

Joy News' Tamale correspondent Martina Bugri reported that a police man who did find his name for the second time, having travelled a long distance to the polling centre would not go without a protest.

In his anger he threatened to disrupt the process if he was not allowed to vote.

For 20 minutes voting came to a halt until the intervention of the Northern Region police commander.

The Northern Region PRO Ebenezer Tetteh said his outfit is investigating the matter.

They have taken a statement from the presiding officer of the polling station Godwin Anabila Atinga and an NPP polling agent King Faisal Mohammed to assist in the investigation.

It is not clear yet what disciplinary action will be taken against the police officer.