Tamale, Dec. 07, GNA – At the Kukou Primary and JHS, in the Tamale South Constituency, voting came to a halt as the Verification Machine stopped functioning after verifying only three voters.
The Presiding Officer (PO), Mr Musah Yakubu, told the GNA he had informed the office and he was instructed to use the backup machine to continue verifying.
He confirmed the absence of security personnel at the polling station and the presence of party representatives.
Voting started at 7:08am at Gumo D/A Primary School “A” Polling Station in the Kumbubgu Constituency which has 470 people in the register the GNA was told that some of the people queued as early as 2am waiting for the election officials.
Mr Ziblim Mohammed, Presiding Officer at Gumo D/A Primary School “A”, said all materials were supplied to them to ensure a smooth exercise.
Voting started at 7:20am at Gumo D/A Primary School “B”, where there are 468 people in the register. The exercise started late because some election officials arrived late.
There is a police officer ensuring security at the two polling stations, which are both on one compound. Party agents are also present.
Madam Salamatu Jibrial, Presiding Officer at Gumo D/A Primary School “B”, said all electoral materials were supplied and she did not anticipate any challenges.
Contrary to the directive by the Inspector General of Police, motorbikes were being brought to the polling station.
Some of the people in the queues were wearing face masks.
At the Fire Service Ward K polling Station, Mr Abdul Rauf, in the Tamale Central Constituency, Presiding Officer at the station, confirmed 339 on the register and said all was set for voting to start at 0700hours.
The Inter Royals Schools polling station in the Tamale North Constituency, the queue was long and calm, and six people had cast their votes as at 07:15hours out of 732 on the register, Mr Abdul Razak Abdulai, Presiding Officer at that station confirmed.