ABOUT 2,637 aspirants have filed to contest in today’s District Assembly Elections in the 819 electoral areas in the Eastern Region.
DAILY GUIDE has gathered that of the 26 districts in the region, Lower Manya Krobo Municipality will be out of the polls since the people of the area voted in 2013 to elect their assembly members. This means 25 districts will participate in today’s polls.
The regional data released by the Eastern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission indicated that out of the 2,637 aspirants, 157 are females and 2,048 are males.
The list showed that a total number of 4,819 aspirants will also contest for unit committee positions. They comprise 475 women and 4,344 males, and five members each will be elected for each electoral area.
Salormey Dodgey, the Regional EC boss, told DAILY GUIDE in an interview that all is set for the elections to kick-off and that the EC will collaborate with the police to ensure the smooth conduct of the polls in all polling stations in the region.
He revealed that Akuapem North has the highest number of aspirants (178), followed by New Jauben with 167, Fanteakwa, 140, Yilo Krobo, 137, East Akim Municipal, 135, Birim Central, 128, Upper Manya Krobo, 125, Asuogyaman District, 115, Afram Plains North, 106, Kwaebibirim, 116 and Atiwa District with 101.
Other districts include Suhum, 95, Nsawam/ Adoagyiri, 95, Kwahu South, 93, Kwahu East, 70, Afram Plans South, 97, Kwahu West, 76, Akuapem South, 70 and Birim North, 87.
The rest are Ayensuano, 98, West Akim, 97, Upper West Akim, 78, Birim South, 73, Akyemansa, 95 and Demkyembour, 65—being the lowest.
The EC boss called on the electorate to turn out in their numbers and cast their votes to elect their preferred assembly members.
Some of the female assembly contestants who have filed their nominations to contest in today’s polls told DAILY GUIDE that they were affected by the cancellation of the previous elections, since they spent all their money on their campaigns.
Source: DAILY GUIDE