Polling agents of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the Upper East Region have stopped police recruits whose names were added to the special voters’ list from casting their ballot in the early voting today.
A total of 1,480 persons are expected to cast their vote in the special voting in the Upper East Region.
Citi FM’s Upper East Regional correspondent, Frederick Awuni reports that the voting process started peacefully in the 15 polling centers across the region until the NPP and CPP polling agents at the Bolgatanga Regional House of chief’s polling station protested vehemently against some police recruits brought from the Pwalugu police training school to vote.
According to him, the recruits numbering about 703 started their training in November this year at the police school and were bused to the polling center to vote.
But the agents for NPP and CPP protested their eligibility to vote since they have not completed their training to become police officers.
The process was brought to a halt at about 9:00am until the agents for the NPP and CPP together with police officers drove them away.
So far calm has returned to the area and voting has commenced at the polling center.
Over 127,000 security and media personnel as well as EC officials and others who will be busy on Election Day, were expected to take part in the exercise.