Sick Delegate On Oxygen Brought In Taxi To Vote
A New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegate at Berekum East on last Saturday defied all odds to elect a parliamentary candidate for the 2024 election by taking the risk to get to the polling centre even on oxygen to exercise his franchise.
The man, aged about 35, was brought from the hospital in a taxi, with oxygen tubes, to the ‘Mix Park’ polling station at Berekum, Bono Region, under the care of health personnel, to vote as an expression of his loyalty to the NPP.
He was taken back to the hospital to continue his treatment after he had cast his ballot, Ghana News Agency (GNA) reports.
In another development, a lady delegate crashed her motorbike on her way to the voting centre, but upon her insistence, she was brought to the centre to vote and afterwards rushed in a waiting ambulance to the Berekum Holy Family Catholic Hospital to receive treatment.
Six hundred and ninety-six delegates were expected to vote, but the total valid votes cast was 664, with zero rejected ballots, in the election conducted and supervised by the municipal office of the Electoral Commission.
Mr. Nelson Kyeremeh, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), was retained with 357 votes to beat Dr. Kwabena Twum Nuamah, the immediate past MP, who had 296 votes. A third contestant and business executive, Mr. Hastings Adutwum, managed 11 votes
Meanwhile, in one of the videos that have gone viral, a 67-year-old woman, Agnes Aryeetey, looking like a stroke-stricken patient, told a TV3 reporter that she has been a delegate for 10 years and that she came out to vote because ‘God’ had found a job for her daughter (who was helping her move around).
Of the elections, the barefoot woman said everything had been going on well and that there were no incidents so far.
In the second video from GHOne TV, an elderly man, also exhibiting stroke-like symptoms, is helped to walk to the voting centre to cast his vote.He, however, did not speak to the media.