Residents of the La Bawaleshie polling stations in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency turned out massively to cast their votes amidst fears of a possible electoral violence,
They explained the rationale behind the massive turnout in the early hours of Monday.
According to them, the 2019 gunshots and throwing of stones at the polling station have informed their decision to exercise their civic responsibility early.
During a bye-election organized in the Ayawaso Constituency to elect a new member of parliament following the demise of the then incumbent MP, Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko, some men believed to be working for the governing New Patriotic Party stormed the premises of the LA Bawalashie Primary School, fired gunshots and vandalized properties.
General Overseer of Shepherd’s Grace Church, Printz Hanson stated that he is confident of a peaceful electioneering process this year.
“I told my wife this morning that I don’t know what will happen at the latter part of the day. That faithful day that the incident occurred on this park, little did we know that the vigilantes will pop up to disorganize the process. I decided to come early to vote and go back home as I wait for 5pm to return for the counting of the ballot papers,” he said.
A first-time voter told UniversNews “when I came here the queue was short; I decided to come early because I don’t know what could happen later in the day. I want to cast my ballot as soon as possible and leave this place because should anything violent occur again, I will be at home then.”
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com