There is relative calm in Sunyani, the Bono Regional capital, as voting in the presidential and parliamentary elections started in all the polling stations in Sunyani East constituency.
In all, a total of 108,343 eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots in about 255 polling stations spread across the Constituency.
Though several voters have formed queues at their respective polling stations, economic activities at the Central Business District (CBD) of the capital are proceeding.
A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the Municipality found out that virtually all drinking spots around the various polling stations had closed.
Few taxis and commercial drivers were sighted at the CBD, but shop attendants and petty traders were carrying on with their economic activities.
Buying and selling had slowed down but traders and market women told the GNA they were not surprised but expressed the hope that business would re-surface very soon.
“Business is slow during elections and we already anticipated that. But as time goes on, somewhere around 1400hours business activities will resurface,” Madam Ewurama Esi, a trader, stated.
She indicated that she would return to cast her vote around 1500 hours because when she arrived there around 0600 hours, there were already long queues and so she had to go back and come later.
Mr. Kofi Agyekum, a cabbie driver plying the Sunyani-Abesim road, told the GNA business was very slow and that many of his colleagues had also parked their vehicles.
He said he was among the first 10 voters to cast their ballots, stressing: “I always vote early in the general election because I don’t want anything to block and disenfranchise me in the course of the day,” he added.
Nana Kwame Ankomah, 65, a contractor, who was the first voter at the St Mary’s JHS polling station, told the GNA he appreciated the entire voting processes, and commended the EC for complying with the COVID-19 protocols.
He explained that he and some few voters visited the polling station around 0330 hours and waited until voting started around 0700 hours.
“My brother, voting is my right, and I have never allowed anything to deny me this right since 1992,” he stated.