General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has described the voters registration exercise for the year 2020 ahead of the December polls as the most violent in the country’s history.
Addressing the press in Accra on Thursday, September 3 he cited cases of murder, assaults and several brutalities that marred the registration exercise. He pointed fingers at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for being behind the incessant attacks.
Mr Asiedu Nketia said: “This simple exercise of compiling a voter roll witnessed at least two cases of murder including that of a young teacher at Banda and another at Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West Constituency all in the Bono Region of Ghana.
“The exercise witnessed several incidences of brutalities including gunshot injuries, near fatal attacks at least on two sitting Members of Parliament, Honourable Alhaji Bawa of Ejura Sekyere Dumase Constituency and Honorable Alhaji Collins Dauda of Asutifi South Constituency, and physical molestation of innocent citizens in a manner that has never been seen before in Ghana.
“There were also widespread reports of open display of weapons and open gunshots of live ammunition by highly placed government officials such as Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, and Honorable Joe Dankwa, the CEO of of the Middle Belt Development Authority, and NPP parliamentary candidate.
“There were also widely reported cases of brutalities on opposition party agents in the Tano South Constituency and surrounding areas by NPP vigilante [groups] under the direct instruction of the Deputy Regional Minister of Ahafo Region, Honourable Yeboah Serkyere Benjamin.”