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Presidential candidates get ready to vote

By Fred Sarpong
The eight candidates vying for Ghana’s presidency are getting ready to cast their ballots come tomorrow Friday, December 7.

With electioneering campaigns officially closed midnight Wednesday, all the political parties have rounded off their activities with some of the presidential candidates expected to travel to their constituencies across the country to cast their votes.

Incumbent president and presidential candidate for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama is travelling to Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region to cast his vote while the presidential candidate for the main opposition party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leaves Accra today for Abuakwa in the Eastern Region, where he will cast his vote.

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) will vote at Elmina in the Central Region with Dr. Abu Sakara, the presidential candidate for the Convention People’s Party (CPP) trekking to Damongo in the Northern Region to cast his vote.

The most popular among the candidates, Hassan Ayariga of the People’s National Convention (PNC) is also expected to travel to Bawku in the Upper East Region to exercise his franchise.

Apart from these candidates, former President Jerry John Rawlings, founder of NDC will be in the Korle Klottey constituency in the Greater Accra Region, precisely behind the Osu Castle to vote. Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor of the NPP will also be at Airport West to cast his vote.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has said that he will not be voting in Friday’s election. He explained that he cannot vote because all the contesting presidential candidates are his brothers.

“I will not vote as a matter of principle. The referee does not have to vote for one team. Casting a vote for any of the contestants would be tantamount to being on one particular side therefore as a matter of principle, I don’t vote”.

Dr. Afari-Gyan was speaking at a recent news conference organised by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) in Accra to highlight the preparedness of the EC for Friday’s polls. He disclosed that he has never voted in any election as the Chairman of the Commission even though he was a registered voter. “But in my private life, I would vote”, he said. 

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