The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has set the record straight concerning claims of registration restrictions by soldiers deployed to Banda.
This comes on the back of some videos which went viral on social media featuring the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who claimed that some soldiers of the GAF had denied residents from accessing voter registration centers. He added that GAF had no right to interfere in registration proceedings.
In a statement sighted by UniversNews, the Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quashie indicated that the rationale behind the deployment of military officers to the region is to maintain peace and order.
According to him, this was necessary due to an agreement between the Bono Regional Security Council (SEC) and representatives of the two main political parties in Ghana.
The agreement among other things, implored the “parliamentary candidates for both political parties to stop bussing people to registration centers if indeed they were ordinary residents; they should go there on their own volition.”
Per the release, “REGSEC will give the necessary security to the Banda constituency and the entire region, before, during and after the process of the December 7th Election.”
Full statement below
The otherwise peaceful voter registration exercise which was supposed to happen in the Banda Constituency was marred by violence causing the death of one person on July 14th 2020.
In the early hours of Monday, August 3rd 2020, Hon. Asiedu Nketiah was captured in some videos where he claimed the military had stopped residents from going to the registration centers to exercise their rights.
He could be overheard adding that, the military had “no business blocking legitimate registrants” who were going to register.
According to sources, the military had mounted roadblocks to deter people from getting to registration centres to register.
This unsettled some dust as some Ghanaians believed this was an infringement on the rights of the residents of Banda.
Story by: J. Naa Borteley Quarshie | universnewsroom.com