The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has criticised what it described as state-sponsored harassment, violence and intimidation in a simple exercise of registering voters adding that it was needless and will not be countenanced the next time by the members and supporters of the opposition NDC.
The Campaign Spokesperson for the NDC James Agyenim-Boateng, said “It is trite knowledge, and video evidence abounds on social media, that heavily-armed uniformed personnel and in some cases NPP thugs operating under the cover of National Security, were deployed by the government to harass and intimidate eligible voters in the strongholds of the NDC, including the Volta and Oti Regions, as part of a grand agenda to disenfranchise the people and thereby suppress votes in those areas.”
He alleged that, there are also many reports of people who were denied their right to register simply because they could not speak a particular language, adding that, the party have also received reports of deliberate frustrations and impediments that were put in the way of settler communities, particularly in NPP strongholds, throughout the country to ensure that not many of them could get their names on the new voter register.
James Agyenim-Boateng said “Whilst our people may have endured these undemocratic acts during the voter registration, we call on the government and the NPP, in the interest of the peace and stability of our country, to back down from acts that deliberately raise the political temperature.
He admonished that, NDC wishes to remind the NPP and make President Akufo-Addo aware – since he is usually not aware of happenings in his own government or so he says about many happenings – that the undignified case of Minister Mavis Hawa Koomson firing gunshots at eligible voters at a registration centre in her constituency is one that is still present on their
“It is also important to make the point that the deafening silence of the President about that shooting incident does not just speak volumes on his stance on electoral violence and intimidation, but it is also a sordid reminder that not much has changed on the part of the NPP and President Akufo-Addo, even after the shameful state-sponsored violence in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.” James emphasized.
Iddrisu Muftaw | Talksafrica.com