The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have denied political ethnocentrism accusations in the ongoing voter registration exercise in the Banda District of the Bono region.
The GAF in a statement signed by its Director of Public Relations, Colonel Aggrey Quashie explained that the military personnel were deployed to ensure peaceful conduct of the final phase of the exercise after the Bono Regional Security Council had signed peace deal both NDC and NPP candidates in the constituency.
The Agreement signed by Mr. Joe Danquah (NPP) and Hon Ahmed lIbrahim (NDC MP – Banda) and witnessed by the Hon Regional Minister stated as follows: “We the undersigned agreed today to maintain peace in the Banda District during the remaining days of the voters registration exercise and after, until the end of the 2020 General Elections in December 2020.Colonel Aggrey-Quashie clarified.
Videos and pictures of armed Military personnel blocking the road and preventing vehicles with passengers aboard went rife on social media sparking fresh counter accusations between the NDC and NPP.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress Johnson Aseidu Nketia was also seen in a heated arguement with the security operatives in the area.
The Party also accused government of using state-sponsored security to intimidate and disenfranchise Ewes or citizens from the Volta region from taking part in the registration exercise.
However, GAF says there was no specific ethnic targeted from taking part in the registration process in the Banda area.
“No specific ethnic group was targeted in this regard. The general public is accordingly informed of these developments,” the statement added.