The General Secretary of National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the military of mounting roadblocks in Banda Constituency to prevent some Ghanaians from partaking in the voters’ registration exercise.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia said ordinary citizens are stopped from participating in the exercise because they happen to be in the villages and along the banks of the lake.
“NPP with support of the military have been mounting roadblocks to prevent people from the banks of the lake to register because they are seen to be foreigners and adherents of the NDC,” he alleged.
Speaking to Araba Koomson on Election Brief on the JoyNews channel Monday, the NDC General Secretary said he visited the Banda Constituency to learn at first-hand reports of military intimidation of NDC supporters.
According to him, the reports turned out to be true when he arrived in the area with some prospective voters pulled out from registration cues.
“I spoke to the military and police commands and they disputed all those claims but eventually; in going round the constituency, we met people who were in a KIA truck going to the nearest registration centre have been blocked.”
These incidents, the NDC Chief Scribe believed led to the stabbing of a student in July and the police have done nothing to apprehend the murderers.
He also said the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul lacks the understanding of what busing of people means and does not qualify to be a Member of Parliament.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia defined busing per Ghana’s Electoral Laws as, “an attempt by a politician or somebody who has hired a bus to convey people from outside the constituency into a particular constituency where they don’t reside for the purpose of registration.”
Asiedu Nketia said the ethnic profiling perpetrated by the governing party is a dangerous thing and an international crime that all must be concerned about.
Defence Minister earlier indicated that military personnel were deployed to Ghana’s borders to prevent foreigners from illegal entry and not on voters’ registration duties.
But Mr Asiedu Nketia said he witnessed people been brutalised at registration centres.