#GIJDecides: Voting is ongoing; candidates share free drinks

By | April 30, 2018
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Elections to elect a new executive body for the students’ front of the Ghana Institute of Journalism is currently ongoing for regular students are the forecourt of the school.
Weekend students of the school yesterday Sunday April 29 had their turn to exercise their franchise.
Although the process has thus far been peaceful, there was an apparent delay in the arrival of voting materials.

Today’s electoral process, unlike yesterday’s, begun at 9 o’clock am instead of the scheduled 7 o’clock am.
Despite the delay, the Operations Manager of the Electoral Commission, Mr. John Teye has said that voting would still end at 5pm.
At the end of polls in yesterday’s election for the weekend students, there was a reported case of confusion among the three Presidential candidates.

According to reports, the EC had provided no seals to safeguard the ballot box which was kept at the Cantoments Police Station.
Again, the presidential candidates, with the exception of Mr. Emmanuel Kumah, had failed to bring their own seal as instructed by the EC prior to the election.
It was reported that the two other candidates were not in agreement of the seal Mr. Kumah brought because it was a National Democratic Congress branded paraphernalia.

However, the three later came into agreement and accepted Mr. Kumah’s seal.
Although the Constitutional Instrument used for this year’s election bans candidates from soliciting for votes from electorates, most of them were spotted speaking to voters to vote for them.
Furthermore, some candidates have mounted tables to distribute free drinks and other items to electorates to influence their voting pattern.

Over 2,000 students are expected to cast their ballot today.

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