Volta Regional Deputy Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, Del Bright, has described it as intimidating and harassing the behavior of government in the Volta region where armed security personnel have been deployed in various boarders.
According to him, the troops have been sent there to intimidate residents into abstaining from the upcoming voter’s registration exercise which begins Tuesday.
Residents, as well as the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its Minority Volta Caucus in Parliament, have condemned the military influx.
Speaking on Kingdom FM’s Anopa Nkomo on the issue, Del Bright stressed that, “we are under serious intimidation and harassment in the Volta region.
He indicated that, “since last week that this deployment occurred, we have received two different explanations from Government Officials”.
“The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa has said that, the decision by the government to deploy security personnel along Ghana’s boarder was to help curb and control the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak. A very senior Member of the NPP has also said that, this deployment is because they do not want Togolese to come to Ghana and register”, he said.
However, the NDC Deputy Volta Regional Communication Officer argued that, “no right thinking Ghanaian is interested in a foreigner participating in our elections and so I don’t also think that we in the Volta region are also interested in Togolese participating in our elections”.
Expressing his worry, he quizzed, “have you ever heard that the Republic of Togo has ever complained about Ghanaians participating in their elections? no it has never been said, so why is it that there are some people in Ghana who believe that Togolese will be interested in participating in the Volta region or Ghana election?”
He therefore stated that, “no one can stop Ghanaians who are residents of Togo from participating in the elections. Nobody deserves that right including President Akufo-Addo and even the Security Forces that he has deployed cannot stop those people from coming in Ghana to register to participate in the general elections”.
He added that, “any attempt to do that amount intimidation and harassment hence an insults to tell us that we are not Ghanaians”.
By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / Ghana / 2020