19 December 2012

Ghana: Western Region Records 27,515 Rejected Ballots

The just-ended presidential and parliamentary elections recorded 27,515 rejected ballots in the Western Region.

The figure has raised concern among a section of the public about lack of education by the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on the proper way of voting, especially for the first-time voters.

Besides, some EC officials unconsciously failed to place the EC's validation stamps at the back of the ballot papers in some constituencies, thus contributing to the high rate of rejected ballots.

The Region registered 1,435,112 voters out of which 1,097,274 exercise their franchise in the December 7 general elections, with 76.46 percent voter turn-out.

Out of 12 female parliamentary aspirants who contested in this year's parliamentary elections in the Region, only one was elected.

The sole female Member of Parliament (MP) elected is Madam Gifty Eugenia Kusi, who retained the Tarkwa-Nsuaem seat for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Unfortunately, the two parliamentary seats hitherto held by Madam Catherine Afeku of the NPP and Madam Samia Yaba Nkrumah of the CPP for Evalue-Gwira and Jomoro respectively were lost to their male candidates from the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Ghana has 51 percent female population as against 49 percent males.

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