The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says its presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, is leading the collated results so far and have parliamentary majority.
According to the party’s Director of Elections, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the party has so far won 140 seats contrary to claims by the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) that they are winning.
He said this during an emergency press conference on Tuesday, December 8.
Maa Lydia wins but NDC to challenge results
Incumbent Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency Lydia Seyram Alhassan has won the seat after she polled a majority of the votes collated at the University of Ghana Business School.
Provisional results obtained by Media General‘s Portia Gabor put the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate ahead with a total of 39,851 votes while National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate John Dumelo had 37,778 votes.
But NDC’s Constituency Chairman Bismark Bobie Aryeetey said they have reservations about the processes leading to the declaration of the results.
As a result, he told our reporter that the party will challenge the results in due course.
EC office torched in Fomena; expelled MP wins
The chaos being reported at collation centers across the country appears to be spreading.
In the Fomena Constituency, tension is said to be building up after the district office of the Electoral Commission was up in flames.
Reports say the office was seen burning after lights at the collation centre went out.
But the parliamentary results have been declared. Expelled MP Andrews Amoako Asiamah, who contested as an independent candidate, has won.
He won by over 12,000 votes with his closest contender, NPP’s Philip Ofori Asante, polling 10,798 votes.
EC officials run for their lives amid gunshots at Ablekuma Central
At the collation center for the Ablekuma Central Constituency at the Odorkor Divisional Police Headquarters, gunshots were fired by the police and military, Wendy Laryea reported.
Two people sustained various degrees of injury, she said.
At the Modak Hotel in the Odododiodio Constituency, there were sporadic shooting.
Odododiodio MP arrested
Our reporter, Komla Adom, reports that broken glasses and blood splatters are sights near the Hotel, where the incumbent, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and his family are said to be residing under strict security.
“We understand some two persons sustained gunshot wounds,” Komla Adom reports.Later, our reporter says, the MP was arrested by the police and sent to the Accra Central Police Station.“More than 10 others have been arrested too and have been put in a van to be whisked away.”
In Techiman South Constituency, one person is said to be in a critical condition after sustaining gunshot wounds.
In the Okaikoi North Constituency, some men have fired gunshots to disperse electoral materials at the collation centre.
Results trickle in
Results of the parliamentary elections have started trickling in.
In the Bole Bamboi Constituency, incumbent Sulemana Yussif has retained his seat.
In the Upper East Region, regional minister Tangoba Abayage has conceded defeat in Monday’s polls.
Counting riddled with chaos
The chaos had started much earlier into the counting of ballots.
At the Obrakyere Polling Station in the Awutu Senya West Constituency in the Central Region, an unidentified man is said to have been gunned down by police in an attempt to carry a ballot box.
This has, however, not been confirmed by the police.
At the La Nkwantanang Polling Station in the Madina Constituency, confusion erupted after party agents disagreed over a spoilt ballot.At the Good Hope Hostel in Abossey Okai, Media General‘s Wendy Laryea reported of a confusion among voters.
Counting is underway in some polling stations across the country after collation of the ballots.
Results have started to trickle in, as a result.
EC cancels scheduled presser
The Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) has called off a scheduled press conference as polls close across the country.
According to the EC, as reported by Media General‘s Evelyn Tengmaa, the presser will be held at a later time.
So far, polls have been described as smooth with isolated cases of hiccups.
NDC officially complains to EC over double-voting claims
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it has lodged an official complaint with the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) over reports that some persons who voted last Tuesday in the Special Voting exercise have been verified to vote again on Monday, December 7.
The party claims this is an affront to the EC after promising that the biometric verification devices (BVDs) procured for this year’s elections would work perfectly.
This was told journalists by National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi at an emergency press conference.
Lordina & Samira also vote
Former First Lady Lordina Mahama was at the Next Page Polling Station at Tse Addo in the La Dadekotopon Constituency to vote in the elections that could see her husband return to power.
She was accompanied by her sons.
Second Lady Samira Bawumia was also at the Christ The King Parish Polling Station to cast her ballot.
It is unclear what the largest opposition party will want to address.
Shooting at polling station where Hawa Koomson fired shots
Two persons are reported injured after unidentified gunmen fired shots near the Steps To Christ Polling Station in the Awutu Senya East Constituency of the Central Region.
It is the same polling station, where Minister for Special Development Initiatives Mavis Hawa Koomson fired shots in defence during the registration in June.
This time, the shots were fired when the NDC Candidate had just finished casting her ballot, our corespondent Rosina Forster reported.
Motorbikes were also burnt during that commotion in June.
Asantehene, Nana Konadu & Opoku-Agyemang cast their ballots
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and his wife, Lady Julia, have cast their ballot at the Manhyia Palace 1 Polling Station in the Manhyia South Constituency of the Ashanti Region.
Voting across the country appears smooth with some of the major players hailing the EC.
Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings hailed the EC after she voted at the Ridge Church School Polling Station in the Klottey Korley Constituency.
NDC’s Vice Presidential Candidate Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang also described as “smooth and straightforward” the process of voting.
Akufo-Addo, Mahama et al vote
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cast his ballot at the Rock of Ages Polling Station in Kyebi in the Abuakwa South Constituency.
He was accompanied by First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
President Akufo-Addo’s challenger John Dramani Mahama has also cast his ballot in Bole Bamboi Constituency.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was also in Walewale in the North-East Region to vote.
“I encourage all qualified Ghanaians to come out and vote. This is a very important civic exercise, which we must discharge in a peaceful manner,” he said.
Upper East: Ballots being issued to voters without Akufo-Addo
There were reports in the Upper East Region that officials are issuing out ballots to voters without the portion of incumbent Akufo-Addo, making NDC’s candidate John Mahama No. 1 on the sheets.
It is unclear what reason is behind this. but our correspondent, Tanko Rabiu Mohammed, said the poling station in the Bawku Central Constituency.
Pushing & shoving in Odododiodio; Covid protocol disregarded
While voting intensifies in the Odododiodio Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, some voters have disregarded the Covid-19 protocol of social distancing and mixed up the queues formed.
Voting underway smoothly
A few minutes into the polls, a few people have cast their ballots in the Sekondi Constituency.
In Dome-Kwabenya Constituency in Accra, there was a slight delay much to the chagrin of voters who had queued since Sunday night.
Polls open across over 38,000 stations
Polls have opened in the 38,622 centers across the country as Ghanaians vote in the eighth successive elections of the Fourth Republic.
Compilation by Emmanuel Kwame Amoh ()