Today June 20, 2020 marks the day for the primaries of the New Patriotic Party. Many have seen this year’s primaries as a very tense one. About 26 hotspots have been identified across the country. Some of those hotspots included Tema West and Dome-Kwabenya. Voting has started in many areas already. Generally, it has been a quiet morning, but other parts have seen some violence.
In Dome Kwabenya there was little violence when supporters of Aaron Mike Oquaye Jnr started pasting posters at the voting centres to the irritation of the supporters of Adwoa Safo. It took the intervention of the police to calm matters. Currently voting has started with Adwoa Sarfo already casting her vote.
In Afigyase Asokore there was violence as delegates got furious and fought. Police and the military beat Lawyer Adom Appiah, the General Deputy secretary who was trying to calm nerves. He was bruised as blood oozed out. His supporters took matters into their hands and stormed the police stations where Adom Appiah was being held. It created a standoff between the police and the supporters of the party.
In Tema there are reports that the list of delegates has been over bloated. New numbers have popped up and this has created confusion among the delegates and party supporters. In Ablekuma North, there are also complains that about 120 delegate names have been omitted.
Bantama has seen more of the violence as party personnel, delegates and military got into a fracas. It started when one gentleman dissatisfied with the voters list tried to go and take the voters list. There is high presence of military in the voting centres with many expressing the presence as intimidation. According to some of the delegates some others are voting who are part of the national security who are voting while not having their names in the register.
In Asante Akyem South there has been some confrontations as delegates got to the centres only to find out that their names were not in the voting list. Days before today some delegates had been suspended, but Chairman Wontumi appealed and got the suspension removed only for the suspended delegates to get to the voting centre and realize their names had been wiped out of the voting list.
More to follow as voting continues.
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