The Presiding Officer of the University of Ghana’s Akuafo Hall 2A polling station, Kwame Asumane, has said the withdrawal of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) from the ongoing by-election at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, has not affected the election.
He said the voting process has been smooth so far, except the turnout has been low due to the fact that most of the students have gone home for the holidays.
Mr Asumane told Accra 100.5FM’s Nana Amoako Gyampa on the mid-day news on Thursday, 31 January 2019 that: “We were here when the NDC polling agent left saying that they had pulled out. But after they had left, the turnout hasn’t changed, the pace at which people were coming has been the same, it hasn’t had any effect on the election.”
The Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency Chairman of the NDC, Mr Bismarck Aborbi-Aayitey, confirmed to Accra100.5FM’s morning show that the party pulled out over the gun violence that greeted the voting process at the La-Bawaleshie JHS polling station.
The party, subsequently, directed all its polling station agents and officers to leave the various centres.
“This incident never happened under Atta Mills, it never happened under Kufuor, it didn’t happen under Mahama. So, why is it happening under Akufo-Addo? This is the ‘all-die-be-die’ that Akufo-Addo talked about. We are pulling out and God will punish the President and the NPP”, Mr Aborbi-Aayitey told Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Thursday, 31 January 2019.