Assembly election records 22% voter turn out

There has been a record of low voter turnouts, participation and interest in the national exercise over the period

President John Mahama votes in  District Assembly elections at Bole Bamboi

This year’s district level elections has recorded the lowest voter turn out of twenty-two percent (22%) since the introduction of the elections in 1988.

There has been a record of low voter turnouts, participation and interest in the national exercise over the period.

For instance in 1998, 41.6 per cent of the population turned out to vote. It declined in 2002 to 33.1 per cent voter turnout.

It, however, increased slightly to 39.28 per cent in 2006 and reduced again to 37.25 per cent in 2010.

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This constant decline, therefore, affects the country’s drive to consolidate the decentralisation process, especially, when representations of Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members were determined by a small percentage of voters.

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