Police in Kwesimintsim have arrested one person at Whindo in the Kwesimintsim constituency after residents blocked the road in the area to electoral officials.
The action according to the angry residents was to express their outrage over the bad road network which has been abandoned over the years.
With the intervention of the police, the road has since been cleared for the officials of the Electoral Commission to move to their polling station.
The incident delayed the early start of the polls at the centre.
“Despite the many demonstrations we have held, they have still not fixed our roads. That is why we blocked the road today so that we do not participate in the election. The road is bad such that we spend a lot of time for a 30-minute journey. The DCE promised to asphalt the road but nothing has been done,” one of the angry residents told Citi News.
Meanwhile, Citi News‘ Western Regional Correspondent, Akwasi Agyei Animm reports that the voting processes across other centres in the region are incident-free.
“We have visited some other polling stations. And for these centres we have visited, everything was smooth. So besides this incident at Kwesimintsim, we haven’t heard any other thing in the region. So I will that things are peaceful with everything moving on”, he said.
Over 17 million Ghanaians are exercising their franchise nationwide today to elect a president and their Members of Parliament.
Voting has started in the over 38,000 polling stations across the country as Ghana holds its 8th general elections in the Fourth Republic.
With many voters already in long queues, the polls have begun in earnest at most of the polling stations.
Per regulations from the Electoral Commission, voting starts at 7am and ends at 5pm, after which sorting and counting will be done at the various centres.
An early tour by Citi News reports across the country revealed that majority of polling stations had received all relevant materials including ballot papers, ballot boxes among others to enable them to commence the voting process.