The Electoral Commission (EC) has described the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election as peaceful, orderly and smooth.
EC Chairperson Mrs Jean Mensa addressing the press today [Friday] said the commission assessment of the election is a positive one.
“At the end of the by-elections at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, the Electoral Commission is pleased to announce that the conduct of the polls in all 137 polling stations was peaceful, smooth and orderly.
“The EC staff and as well as the security agents at the polling stations conducted themselves in an orderly and professional manner,” she said.
She added that all biometric verification devices deployed to the field worked efficiently and materials were not in short supply.
The EC chair added that the Commission is pleased with the outcome of the elections conducted at the polling centres.
Reacting to the shooting incident at La Bawaleshie the EC chair said: “on the allegation of a shooting incident at the La Bawaleshie area, the Commission rejects the attempts by the report of CODEO to link the Electoral Commission to the alleged incident at the private residence of the Parliamentary candidate of the NDC.
“The Commission wishes to state that the said shooting incident did not take place in any of the polling stations in the constituency and, therefore, did not in any way disrupt the conduct of the overall poll.”
She further denied intimidation of EC officials saying: “We wish to reject the assertion that the presence of unarmed Security, Immigration and Fire Service Officials disrupted the conduct of the polls.”
According to her, Security Officers in any of the 137 polling stations across the constituency were armed giving voters the free will to exercise their right to vote.
The Commission, therefore, cannot be blamed for the alleged acts of violence that occurred, she said adding, “these security officers well away from the booths and did not in any way in the opinion of the Commission serve as intimidation to voters.”