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Police arrest one in Kwesimintim over roadblocks

The police in the Western Region have picked up one person in connection with roadblocks preventing electoral offices access to Whindo in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality.

The residents set up fires on  Monday dawn in protest over what they said were bad roads.

According to them, the authorities had neglected developmental projects in the community hence they were not going to allow the elections to proceed.

This caused a delay for about an hour, creating a long gridlock in the area.

A team of police were deployed to the scene to clear the road before election officials set up to start the process.

Before election day, there had been apprehensions in some commuities about neglect.

Graphic Online reported that the apprehended individual is currently in police custody.

Ghanaians are voting to elect a president and 275 parliamentarians for the next for years.

There are 12 presidential aspirants with more than 1000 parliamentary candidates.

The twelve include the flagbearer of the NPP – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Presidential Candidate of the NDC – John Dramani Mahama, Brigitte Akosua Dzogbenuku – flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Congress (APC), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party  (CPP), David Asibi Ayindenaba Apasera of the People’s National Convention (PNC), among others.

Five of the 17 nominees who submitted their nomination forms with the hope of contesting in the polls were disqualified by the EC.

The five included two independent presidential nominees – Kofi Koranteng and Marricke Kofi Gane, and three political party-sponsored nominees; Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Kwasi Busumbru of the People’s Action Party (PAP), and Nana Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP).

A total of 17,027,971 voters are expected to cast their ballot in 38,622 polling stations across the 16 regions of the country.

 

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