Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior, Bryan Acheampong, has debunked claims that military deployment to the borders was to ensure some section of people are intimidated and prevented from registering in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has charged Ghanaians, especially people of the Volta Region to defy what they say is intimidation tactics by the ruling New Patriotic (NPP) government.
According to the main opposition party, the massive deployment of Military as well as other security personnel in the Ketu South Municipality and other border towns across the country has been timed to coincide with the the Voter Registration exercise as a way of putting the people into a state of fear.
But speaking on an Nkawkaw based radio station on his tour of the Kwahu blog in the eastern region, he stated; ”it is never true that government has plans to disenfranchise people from registering or intimidate a certain tribe or region; – I repeat that is never true. I’ve never sat in any government meeting that has discussed such issue.”
”It will be irresponsible on the part of any government to open borders for people, all in the name of registration in this covid period. Definitely the borders will be opened. And the electoral commission has made us understand that it will do what they term as continuous registration, where people who couldn’t register can do so. This is purely in the interest of Ghanaians to slow the spread of Covid-19. Even developed countries are struggling to contain the virus and are spending millions of money in the fight. We in Ghana do not have that much to even construct boreholes and all. Yet people want us to open borders to spread the virus? He queried.
The Abetifi Member of Parliament added:
”Naturally people may have political interest here and there, but trust in the leadership of President Akufo-Addo. At this point he’s interested in his legacy, the well being of the Ghanaian people and the future of the youth. Trust Akufo-Addo I say, he won’t put the lives of the good people of Ghana at risk in the bid to win political power. He has delivered and will continue to do so.”
Mr Bryan Acheampong started a week long door-to-door tour of the Kwahu blog which comprises Afram Plains, Abirem, Kwahu East, South and West, educating people on the need to come out and register