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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Nana Addo & Bawumia fail to vote, as Kufuor & Aliu cast ballot

 | Sat 07th August, 2010 12:11 GMT
A Leading contender in the New Patriotic Party Presidential race, Nana Akufo-Addo could not cast his ballot on Saturday August 7.
Earlier reports suggested that his name could not be found in the Voters’ Register. But Mr. Kwaku Kwarteng Communications Director of the NPP has explained that Nana Addo's failure to vote was not because his name was not in the register, but rather there were issues with the constitutional interpretation of his franchise hence Nana Addo's own decision not to vote.

Nana Addo had arrived at the party’s Headquarters to ostensibly to vote and monitor the voting process. Later in a brief interview with Citi FM, Nana Addo only said, ‘‘We are only waiting for the outcome’’.

Surprisingly, Nana Addo’s running mate in the 2008 elections, Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia could not cast his ballot because his name was also missing in the register. Dr. Bawumia who has rarely been in the news since the party lost the 2008 polls; snubbed journalists who attempted to speak to him.

Meanwhile, Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor and his former Vice, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, successfully cast their votes.

Speaking exclusively to Citi FM’s Richard Mensah, the former President lauded the peaceful nature of the elections. "Everything is orderly...I’m very positive that this will deepen our internal democracy and will reflect throughout the country...this is to let the NDC know that the NPP is returning to power in 2012," Mr Kufuor said.

Former Vice-President Aliu Mahama, in an interview with the media dismissed reports of vote buying and sharing of monies as witnessed in some constituencies.

According to him, since this is the first time such a thing is happening in their party (expansion of Electoral College) there will be some hitches.  “But I am very sure that at the end we will rally behind the flagbearer. Everything you are hearing is just rumors.” He added.

Asked about his expectations, Alhaji Mahama said, "let the best candidate win."


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