The Member of Parliament for the Asawase constituency, Muntaka Mubarak, has cast aspersion over the placement of a polling station. According to him, the siting of the polling station is apparently at the residence of the NPP Constituency Ward Chairman.
An ensuing disagreement led to the deployment of armed police officers to the constituency between members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the zone.
The Adom Drinking Spot Center located at Asabi in the Constituency is one of the new centers created by the Electoral Commission.
The Member of Parliament was of the view that, the Electoral Commission must relocate the centre to a nearby school since the current location of the station could rouse suspicion.
He said, “With the exception of this very polling station where we have this challenge, apart from the social distancing not being observed, you can’t place a polling station in somebody’s residence. He has rooms. If someone comes with suspicions that he has packed people into the room, how can you say he should open his private room for you to inspect? We are saying that there is a school here, let’s relocate the polling station there.”
According to him, the Electoral Commission also failed to notify political parties of the location of that polling station 21 days prior to the registration exercise as expected.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive for Asokore Mampong who is also leading the NPP in the area insisted the centre will not be moved.
He said, “Polling stations everywhere are either in front of someone’s property, someone’s business area or in someone’s house. Where do we site polling stations, if not on someone’s property? Do we site it on a road? If we move this, it means all the polling station in the constituency must be moved. In fact, in front of the NDC chairman’s father’s house, there is a polling station. This is where the polling station was gazetted and it should be left here. We are okay with it”.