General News Sat, 20 Jun 2020

NPP Decides: There is some manipulation going on - Bantama MP cries

Incumbent Member of Parliament for the Bantama Constituency, Daniel Okyem Aboagye has said he suspects some manipulation by the executives of Bantama Constituency in the Ashanti Region against him.

According to him, he does not have a copy of the electoral album which is currently being used for the election even though he is the incumbent MP, this development he describes as unfair.

Speaking in an interview with Joy News, monitored by GhanaWeb, he said he is ready to deal with that issue even though he did not state how he was going to go about it.

“As at now, as the incumbent MP and I have not been given a copy of the register. As I speak to you right now, that is not fair. There is some manipulation going on. I will deal with it when we get to the bridge.”

It was reported earlier that voting was briefly disrupted at the Bantama Cultural Centre when an agent was prevented from casting his vote.

According to the report, the agent representing current Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Daniel Okyem Aboagye prevented the Constituency Treasurer from voting on the grounds that his status as an official of the Foreign Affairs ministry does not qualify him to vote, even though his name was found in the album being used for the election.

He adds that the situation led to a scuffle that witnessed some blows and slaps at the polling station.

The reporter, however, indicated that security personnel in the constituency were quick to resolve the situation which could have escalated, allowing the treasurer to finally cast his ballot.

Daniel Okyem Aboagye 6is facing stiff competition from Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso Boakye in the competition for the party’s parliamentary candidature in the upcoming December general elections.

The New Patriotic Party is today, June 20, 2020, holding parliamentary primaries in some 101 constituencies across the country. Polls opened at 7:00 am and is expected to close at 1:00 pm.
Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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