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General News of Monday, 6 July 2015

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Talensi by-election: We are ready – Police

Public Relations Officer of the Upper East Regional Police Command, ASP Thomas Agbenyo says the police in the region are ready to oversee the Talensi by-election scheduled for Tuesday, July 7.

He said everything needed for the elections – with regards to security – has been put in place to ensure that the elections are peaceful.

Speaking on Adom FM’s morning show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’, ASP Agbenyo said “we are ready for everything” adding that officials of the various parties are pleased with developments so far.

He indicated that with the kind of planning that has gone into preparation for Tuesday’s elections, it was unlikely for any mishaps to occur during the polls.

The Talensi constituency will be voting tomorrow to elect a new Member of Parliament after their MP was enskinned the Paramount Chief of Tongo.

The 20-year reign by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the constituency ended in 2012 ended when Robert Mosore snatched it for New Patriotic Party’s (NPP).

However following his enskinment, the seat became vacant because the constitution bares chiefs from partisan politics.

Both NPP and NDC have embarked on a vigorous campaign in a bid to win the seat in Tuesday’s polls, crowning it with two mammoth rallies, Sunday.ASP Agbenyo rejected reports of confusion between the NPP and NDC over where to hold their rallies.

"There’s was no confusion between any political party, what you heard is false, the rally has gone through successfully and everything is fine" he maintained.

“There was some miscommunication but everything has been resolved”, he added.

He said all the political parties have been made aware of the security details for tomorrow’s elections and they have agreed to abide by security regulations.

The police has also covered the grounds, we are ready for tomorrow and we will ensure that everything goes on well, ASP Agbenyo said.

The Electoral Commission also says all is set for tomorrow’s elections.

Its Upper East Regional Director, James Arthur Yeboah said the elections will begin at 7am and end at 4pm as scheduled.

Ballot papers, registers and all equipment required for Tuesday’s polls will reach the various polling stations by close of day Monday.

He said biometric machines which will be used for the election have been improved and are better than those used during the 2012 general elections.

However, voters whose finger prints the machines are unable to capture will not be allowed to vote during the polls.