BY: Lambert Atsivor | Voltaonlinegh.com |
There was a near clash between supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the governing New Patriotic Party in the Agortime-Ziope constituency on Sunday over the busing of alleged Togolese nationals into the area to participate in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
The suspects, who were mostly aged persons numbering about 15 were intercepted on board an urvan vehicle with registration, GR-3234-M en-route to Kpetoe, the district capital on suspicion of them being foreigners by a team of NPP officials led by the Regional Chairman, Mr. Makafui Woanyah, who handed them over to the Police.
In a viral video sighted by Volta Online, Pope Yao Yevoo, the NPP’s Regional Communication Director who was part of the operation accused the NDC of the illegally importing the alleged Togolese to shore up the voter population in the area.
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This was however denied by supporters of the NDC who masses up at the District Police Headquarters to demand the release of the suspects who they claimed were indigenes of the area.
According to them, the suspects’ age between 60 and 80 years were being conveyed from Honugo, near Ziope to the Kpetoe for the voter registration exercise.
“The people in there are people we know and so, among us here are relatives of the suspects who have come to demand for the release. It feels so sad that in our own land, people have the gut to question our nationality because of elections.”
The suspects were subsequently released on bail Sunday night, as the police continue with investigation to ascertain their residential status in the constituency.
Mr. James Gunu, Regional Secretary of the NDC who led a team of party officials to secure bail for the suspects, said the persons in question were senior Ghanaian citizens who were being facilitated to the district capital to take part in a special registration arrangement put in place by the Electoral Commission for such group of persons in its district offices.
He said some of the people, one of whom was a retired military officer has the Ghana card and passport, and thus condemned their detention.
He added that, the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) governing the registration exercise provide clear guideline for challenging the eligibility of any applicant but that does not include their arrest and detention.
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Mr. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah, MP for Ho West and Chairman of Volta MPs Caucus who was also at the scene cautioned the NPP to play by the rules and desist from the intimidation tactics, which the NDC would not countenance in the region.