Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ghana: Ghanaians vote in injunction-stricken local elections

Ghanaians are heading to the polls today to elect local representatives at the district and municipal levels.

Over 18,000 candidates are contesting the District Assembly Elections made up of 1,102 females and 17,783 males.

There are a total of 43,585 candidates contesting the Unit Committees Elections, comprising 12,000 female candidates and 31,585 male candidates.

President John Mahama will be heading to his hometown Bole to cast his vote as part of moves to encourage Ghanaians, who have shown apathy towards the exercise over the years, to participate.

Voting will start at 7am and will end 5pm.

Meanwhile, a Sekondi High Court has placed an injunction on the district assembly elections at West Tanokrom in the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis in the Western region.

The plaintiff Samuel Kwesi Anderson is the immediate past Assembly Member for the area who is seeking re-election for a fourth term. But the EC disqualified him for allegedly falsifying his school qualification.

Also in Odumase-Krobo, a Koforidua High Court has granted an injunction barring the EC from conducting the assembly elections in the Akuse-Natriku electoral area.

The injunction was granted following an application by Kloma Gbi (a Krobo youth advocacy group) and one Sakitey Asare, a concerned citizen of the area who are jointly contesting the placement of the Akuse-Natriku electoral area under the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra region instead of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern region.

Notice of the injunction, which was granted by the court on Monday has since been served on the EC.

Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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