The National Democratic Congress in the Ashanti region has issued of a barrage of stern warnings to the Ghana Police Service and the Electoral Commission to be fair in its dealings with the NDC.
According to the party, the Commission and the Police have not treated their party agents and members who come to the Registration centres since its inception to register for the new voters’ ID card fairly.
They cited instances where their agents where subjected to beatings by officials of the Ghana Police Service over claims of them been foreigners and illegally keeping them in Police custody.
“First of all, it is instructive to note that, the Sekyere Afram Plains Constituency has been a seat for the NDC since its creation in 2012 and has traditionally not been a hotspot in any electoral activity. Surprisingly, the District Security Council, chaired by the DCE who is also the Parliamentary Candidate for the NPP has decided to tag the Constituency as a hotspot for violence. On Tuesday 30th of June 2020, the Police arrested two (2) agents of the NDC over their decision to challenge persons they suspected to be ineligible to register at the Presby Primary School Centre, Drobonso. Upon their arrest, they were battered by the Police, contrary to Article 15 (2) of the 1992 Constitution and detained for 3 days. It is sad to state that both of them sustained various degrees of injuries, but they were denied medical support while in unlawful Police custody. It took the intervention of the regional leadership of the NDC to secure bail for them on the third day of their arrest contrary to Section 15 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1960 (Act 30).
In the same Sekyere Afram Plains Constituency, conflicting with the lawful procedure of challenging an applicant who is suspected to be ineligible by picking and completing a challenge form, on Thursday the 9th of July 2020, 15 registrants were arrested by the Military at the Sekyere Afram Plains District office of the EC on the instructions of the DCE that they were suspected foreigners, sadly, they were beaten severely by the Military and later locked up at the Drobonso Police Station. We request that the military officers that assaulted these young men be taken through the necessary disciplinary procedure and punished accordingly.”
The NDC in the Ashanti region also noted that the Police hasn’t been proactive and is currently being machinery used by the government to execute its diabolic agenda of harassing law-abiding citizens.
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