The Ghana Armed Forces has refuted claims that its men are preventing a particular ethnic group from participating in the voters’ registration exercise at Banda in the Bono Region.
In a statement signed by Director of Public Relations, Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quashie said the presence of the security agencies is to support the Bono Regional Coordinating Council broker an agreement in ensuring peaceful conduct of the registration exercise.
This comes on the back of a video making rounds on social media in which the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia is seen arguing with military officers.
In the footage, Mr Nketia is overheard in a phone conversation saying “We have chanced on some of the security officials intimidating people and we have the videos.
He also lamented that “soldiers are not part of the voter registration process and so they have no business blocking legitimate registrants who will go to register.”
Also, in the said video, people packed in a pickup truck and allegedly heading to register had been stopped by uniform military personnel.
But the Ghana Armed Forces said REGSEC met with representatives of the NDC and NPP and agreed that “the two Parliamentary Candidates (Mr. Joe Danquah and Ahmed Ibrahim MP) should stop bussing people to the registration centres if indeed they were ordinary residents; they should go there on their own volition.”
The five point agreement also revealed that the two candidates pledged their support to ensure peace in the constituency by signing the Peace Agreement offered by REGSEC.