Delegates from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been barred from using their mobile phones to vote.
This is in response to an order issued by the NPP’s leadership and the Electoral Commission (EC) as part of efforts to prohibit vote buying in the current Presidential Primary.
Delegates were required to turn off their phones before voting in several polling places.
Delegates at Ablekuma West were either barred from accessing the inner perimeters of the voting station with their mobile phones or instructed to turn them off.
A similar scenario occurred at Sagnarigu. The Sagnarigu Parliamentary candidates Felicia Tetteh and the Sagnarigu MCE were advised not to bring their phones.
Yunus Salifu Rashid, the presiding officer at Okaikwei Central for the Okaikwei North Municipality, also warned delegates not to enter polling booths with their cell phones.
He emphasized that the measure was made to guarantee that delegates upheld the integrity of the EC and the confidentiality of ballots.
“We have mounted four voting screens, and delegates can vote at any of them. However, we’re warning them not to enter the perimeter with their phone, to prevent them from taking shots of votes”. He said.