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NDC Upper East Regional Election Committee apologises for widespread election delays

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While the Upper East Regional Election Committee of the NDC had anticipated that the election for the 15 constituency executives would commence promptly at nine in the morning, there were a number of difficulties that resulted in significant delays.

Derrick Akabisi, a reporter for Builsa Radio who corresponded with A1 Radio, revealed that voting didn’t start in the Builsa North Constituency until after noon on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Augustine Guure, the newly appointed Secretary, indicated that a similar problem of delay affected the process in the Talensi Constituency.

David Agorogo, the Bolgatanga Constituency’s re-elected communication officer, noted that although the election was able to take place on Saturday as scheduled, voting didn’t begin until almost 3pm.

In the Navrongo Constituency, the MP for the area confirmed to A1 Radio that only the election of the women organiser, youth organiser and their deputies were able to take place as scheduled. 

There are reports of similar delays in all other constituencies. 

Speaking to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show about the widespread delays, Donatus Nyaaba, the Upper East Region Election Chairman of the NDC said, largely, the delays stemmed from challenges with the ballot papers. 

“We scheduled to start at 9am but there were delays. The delays of the ballot papers really made it start a bit late. Most of the elections started around 3pm. With all that, some were able to conduct and finish yesterday [Sunday, October 23, 2022]. We scheduled two days for that particular exercise.”

“I think the blame [in the arrival of ballot papers] can come from top to us and then to those who are printing. We were thinking of allowing the EC to print the ballot. At another meeting, it was concluded that the party should do it and we contracted people to print,” he said. 

Mr. Nyaaba explained that because of the lack of time, some thorough checks that ordinarily would have been done, were skipped. With the added pressure on the printing presses, there were some mistakes. 

Mr. Nyaaba took the opportunity to apologise to all involved in the election for the inconvenience caused. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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