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November 19, 2019
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SHS Students In Volta Region Stop From Limited Registration

Heads of the Second Cycle Institutions in the Volta Region are said to have been allegedly directed not to allow students who  turn 18 years and above  to take part in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise.

Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) revealed at a media briefings in Accra.

According to him, the District Chief Executive for Afadjato South District in Volta Region, Wisdom Senanu Saneadza has confirmed the directives.

He indicated that the DEC has even directed heads of senior high schools in the District not to grant any student an exe-ate to enable them to go and register for the 2020 general elections.

Meanwhile, in Ashanti Region which is the stronghold of the NPP, school buses of government second cycle schools have been commandeered by government officials and NPP MPs to convey students including minors and under-aged children to registration centers to register, Mr. Nketia alleged.

In a related development, the NPP  organised their terrist group under the guise of state security agencies to go and intimidate and harass potential registrants in the NDC strongholds to disrupt the exercise, in lieu to suppress the number of voters in these areas.
At Akweley, a suburb of Kasoa, these NPP thugs unleash an unprovoked violence on one Freeman Adjah Tetteh, the registration officer for refusing an order by the MCE, Michael Yaw Essuman Mensah to issue special numbers to people who were in the queue after close of the day’s registration, the briefing disclosed.

The MCE in response ordered his boys to beat up the registration officer, a Headmaster at St. Mary’s Anglican JHS at Aklweley. “The NPP Constituency Youth Organiser popularly known as Nana 1, also stormed the centre in a Rambo style with his gang and fired several warning shots”, G.S alleged.

The media encounter further hinted there was a similar incident at Ablekuma District Office of the EC where a supposed NPP assembly member brought in a loaded gun and machete welding guys to cause confusion.

Mr. Asiedu Nketia further informed the media that “one worrying occurrence during this registration exercise in the last ten days, has been the exposure of illegal and clandestine attempts to register persons in several areas facilitated by a grand collusion between EC officials and operatives of the ruling NPP”.
The NDC’s monitoring team reported that on June 20, 2019, five EC officials were caught registering over one hundred minors in the MCE office at Birim Central Municipal area.

Also at Adansi Asokwa and Manhyia Constituencies, in the Ashanti Region,  new registration cernters were created and equipped with BVR equipments with registration proceeding in the presence of NPP officials, without notice to the NDC, he alleged.
The press briefing revealed that EC officials and the NPP conived to carry out illegal voter registrations in lots of the NPP strongholds in the some other regions to rig the 2020 elections.
In Atwima Nwabiagya in the Ashanti Region the BVR equipment was found manned by persons who are neither permanent nor temporarily accredited EC officials, but busily registering students at Toase Senior High School.

The General Secretary indicated that  the NDC raised various red flags during the planning stage towards the exercise which the EC turn them down.

He pointed out that “the NDC stands vindicated due to the widespread failure of the VMS equipment in the majority of the district centres due to reasons such as poor internet connectivity, power outages and poorly or improperly trained personnel to operate the equipment”.

“……this has led to the abandonment of the online registration process in several districts throughout the country”, Mr. Asiedu Nketia lamented.

He explained that the registration input  like printed forms, number of BVR equipment needed, number of personnel needed to man the equipment efficiently, the number of registration centers required and the time period needed for a successful exercise.
He alleged the EC Boss, Jean Mensah and her deputy, Dr. Bossman Asare are using guess-work for the registration target, and the rest of the preparatory work could only follow suit; “and as you may be aware when you do guess work you achieve guessed result”, Asiedu Nketia posited.

The NDC General Secretary, said the party noted a well calculated attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to create confusion that will allow capable, privileged and well positioned political players to exploit in pursuit of their partisan interest rather than the national interest of securing a credible register which is a prerequisite for free and fair election.

Sources: therepublicnewsonline.com/Delali Awuyeh

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