The late arrival of voting materials have left many voters who have turned out to vote frustrated in various polling stations in New Juaben South and parts of Eastern Region.
Voting dot the district level election was supposed to begin at 7:00am but as at 8:50am the materials have not arrived for voting to start despite EC official being ready .
Security personnel made up of police, fire service and immigrantion were also at the polling stations ready
Many voters who turned out early to cast their votes before leaving to work are angry the process has not commenced.
Some have left the voting centers saying they won’t return.
Divine Mother and Child (DMAC) Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Koforidua, has teamed up with Star Ghana to deploy a dedicated team of twenty-eight (28) observers for the District Level Election in New Juaben South, Eastern Region.
These well-trained observers are equipped with a deep understanding of electoral laws, ensuring their capability to monitor and enforce adherence to these laws, ultimately contributing to a free, transparent, and peaceful polling process.
They will be easily identifiable by the observer tags around their necks.
This deployment is a crucial component of the “Kofcity Youth We Dey Project,” falling under Star Ghana Foundation’s broader initiative, the “Our City Project” (#kofkro).
Funding for this endeavor comes from the Fondation Botnar under the Action for Youth Development (AfYD), with the primary objective of enhancing the capacity of youth in New Juaben.
The project aims to actively involve the youth in governance at the assembly level.
Edmund Atweri Duodu, the Executive Director of DMAC Foundation, stressed on the the proactive approach taken by the Kofcity Youth Advisory Council stating that they engaged with aspiring assembly members weeks prior, to address challenges within their electoral areas.
He said the meeting was to ensure the aspiring assembly members incorporate solutions into their overarching plans once elected.
The District Level Elections (DLEs) are slated to occur today, December 19, featuring 66,257 candidates competing for assembly and unit committee positions.
This fierce competition spans 6,215 electoral areas across 216 metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs).
Hon. Dan Botwe, the Minister for Local Government Decentralization and Rural Development, has called on citizens to actively participate in these critical elections.
Minister Dan Botwe expressed concern over the decline in voter turnout since the inception of district-level elections in 1998 and set a target of achieving a minimum 50% voter turnout for this year’s elections.