President Akufo-Addo has reacted to allegations by some NPP members that the deployment of military personnel in some towns allocated at the border is to intimidate residents from taking part in the New Voters registration exercise which is set to commence today, 30th June, 2020.
Some members of the incumbent opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) also accused the president of intimidating residents of the supposed stronghold of the NDC by the military in the registration exercise to aid him win the elections.
However, this was what had to reply in his address ahead of the registration exercise, “Let me state, without any form of equivocation that these deployments are not in any way intended to intimidate or prevent eligible Ghanaians from registering to vote in December. They are there for their express purpose, which is to guard our borders. That is the limit of their remit, and they will not be permitted to stray beyond that remit.
“I am fully aware, like the military commanders, of the sensitivity of their deployments at this point in our history, and I am confident that that sensitivity will be fully respected. I have no interest in disenfranchising any eligible Ghanaian from registering in tomorrow’s exercise, nor am I interested in any improper machinations to win any election. I have spent my life fighting for free, democratic institutions in our country, and I will continue in that fight for the rest of my life. The idea of being a President, who emerges from a rigged election, is abhorrent to every fibre of my being. I want to continue to be the President of a Ghanaian people who have given me their free consent, with the blessing of the Almighty,”
He also urged all Ghanaians to go in their numbers and partake in the registration exercise for the New Voters ID Card.