The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on President Akufo-Addo to call his National Security apparatus and party hoodlums to order following heightened tensions and brutalities at some registration centres across the country.
Speaking on behalf of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi stated that “the earlier President Akufo-Addo halted the ongoing ethnocentric harassment of innocent Ghanaians in the area, the better it will be for the nation.”
The National Communications Officer for the NDC was addressing the press on alleged ethnic discrimination and tribal bigotry in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.
According to him, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has over the past weeks, disenfranchised thousands of Ghanaians particularly Ewes and Northerners on suspicion that they were not Ghanaians.
He stated that NPP thugs and National Security operatives at various registration centres had harassed and brutalised people they suspected were not Ghanaians instead of filling a challenge form as directed by the Electoral Commission (EC) prior to the exercise.
This comment follows a top official of the NPP, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, who is also the MP for Sekondi Constituency claiming that the filling of challenge forms though required by law, was too laborious thus justifying the use of force by hoodlums and security apparatus.
Sammy Gyamfi said aside the NPP ‘thugs’ refusing to fill challenge forms, they were also preventing people from going to defend their eligibility to register at the adjudication committee meeting of the EC.
He said, “Only this morning, five (5) Voltarians whose eligibility were challenged upon registration and were on their way to attend the adjudication committee meeting of the EC, were attacked by some armed NPP hoodlums belonging to the “Delta Forces” around the Bui Lake close to Bongase.
“Three (3) of them who sustained injuries managed to escape, whiles two (2) of them were kidnapped by the NPP hoodlums, a situation that is currently generating a lot of tension in the area and has led to the suspension of the entire registration process at Akanyakrom by the EC citing heightened insecurity. “
He has therefore called on the President to enforce measures to halt the ongoing harassments and brutalities at registration centres to ensure peace and stability in the December 2020 polls.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the media, this is how serious the matter is and the earlier President Akufo-Addo halted the ongoing ethnocentric harassment of innocent Ghanaians in the area, the better it will be for the nation,” he said.