For the second time since Dec 7, supporters of the NDC in zabzugu in the Northern Region have clashed with armed military personnel over the attempt by District Chief Executive, Iddi Ahmed Adarkwah, and other executives of the ruling party to move voting materials from the district to the regional capital, Tamale.
This morning, Thursday, December 17, about 10 soldiers armed with guns and with a direct order from the DCE and the NPP parliamentary candidate, John Jabbah Benam, and also the Deputy Regional Minister, stormed the district electoral commission office to confiscate Biometric Verification Devices used in the just ended election.
The soldiers reportedly arrived at the premises this dawn and attempted to breach the door to gain entry into the office at the blindside of both staff of the EC and executives of the NDC in the constituency.
However, luck was said to have eluded them, when the illegal military activity was noticed by suspicion onlookers.
An alarm was raised which suddenly attracted a swirling crowd of agitated supporters of the NDC who poured out to the scene and put up an implacable resistance resulting in the military ending the operation and retreating.
Three days ago, the military made similar attempt where they had threatened to “shoot and kill” the opposition supporters who were resisting the removal of the BVDs to Tamale.
“The government deployed their soldiers again to come and seize the BVD and bring it to Tamale so they can temper with it”, a top executive of the NDC tells TamaleOnline News.
” We have resisted again. And this time, the Yalzoli Lana himself came out and prevented the diabolic and undemocratic move by Akuffo Addo and his appointees in the constituency. We will continue to resist with all our capacity and no one can frightened us”, the executive warned.
The election results for the Zabzugu constituency is disputed as the NDC is protesting the decision by the electoral commission to nullify votes from a polling station of its stronghold.
While the electoral commission in the constituency was still engaging the parties in the dispute, soldiers stormed the commission’s office and seized the ballots and moved it to Tamale.
While in Tamale, the deputy regional minister who is the parliamentary of the NPP, then brought a new officer of the EC to declare him winner of the elections without the presence of the NDC.