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Asawase MP allows his six-year old daughter to cast his ballot

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The Member of Parliament for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak has allowed his six-year old daughter to cast his ballot in the ongoing polls.

His daughter was following the instructions of her father in full view of electoral officers at the polling centre.

Article 49 (1) of the 1992 constitution states that “at any public election or referendum,” voting shall be by secret ballot.

Additionally, the election regulation regarding assistance in voting also stipulates that: “the presiding officer, on the application of a voter who is incapacitated because of blindness or other physical cause from voting in the manner directed in these Regulations, shall permit the voter to be assisted by a person of his own choice.

When he [Presiding Officer] accedes to the request of a voter under sub-regulation, the presiding officer shall record in the register opposite the name of the voter the fact that the voter was assisted and the reason for the assistance.”

But Hon. Muntaka, who doubles as the Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, defended himself saying he had done nothing wrong taking his daughter through the process.

He said “If you see her, she’s only six years old. She doesn’t even understand what’s going on. I raised her thumb and did the thumbprinting; it was virtually me doing it. If I had given it to her, she would not have even known what to do. She’s my princess and I came with her during the last elections. I’m just taking her through the process.”

He also said he is hopeful of winning the seat despite the stiff competition he is facing from the NPP.

“I am very confident that whatever happens, democracy will be victorious today. So far, all of us have seen that the process is going on smoothly. Everything is calm because every polling station started well. I have taken updates from my reps from all the 206 polling stations in the constituency and everything is cool. I have no doubt on my mind that the people of Asawase are going to retain me. I am super confident that the people are going to retain me at the end of the day”, Muntaka stated.

Source: Ghana Waves

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