President Akufo-Addo has stated that he has no interest to disenfranchise any Ghanaian that is eligible to vote.
He passed this comment when addressing the nation ahead of the compilation of the new voters registration exercise scheduled for June 29, 2020.
There were allegations from the Minority in Parliament that President Akufo-Addo and his government deliberately placed security personnel in the Volta Region to intimidate people in the NDC’s stronghold.
The President said the deployment of these military personnel is only to save guard Ghana’s borders and not a plot to disenfranchise many people in the Volta Region.
“Let me state without any form of equivocation that these deployments are not in any way intended to prevent Ghanaians from registering to vote in December. They are there for their express purpose and they will not be permitted to stay beyond their remit. I am fully aware that the sensitivity of their deployment takes a position in our history and I am confident that sensitivity will be fully respected. I have no interest in disenfranchising any eligible Ghanaian from registering in tomorrow’s exercise nor am I interested in any improper manipulation to win any elections”.
He also mention that the deployment is to save the country against the intrusion of foreign nationals who have the potential of jeopardizing Ghana’s democracy and health efforts in these crucial moments.
“The longstanding deployment of security personnel, especially the military, along our borders is another dimension of this process of guaranteeing the peace of the nation. To shore up our borders against such attacks, and to defend our nation’s territorial integrity, the Armed Forces, at least since I came into office, have been very proactive in engaging in operations to secure our borders and foil any potential terror attacks on our soil. Deployments of soldiers in areas along our borders have been regular, and residents living in border towns will bear testimony to this”, he said.
The military personnel have been sighted in the Volta Region, Oti Region, Northern Region, Upper East Region and Upper West Region.
All these regions are known to be friendly to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).