Former president Jerry John Rawlings has reacted to controversy surrounding the deployment of the military to the Volta region ahead of the voter registration exercise calling on government to be tactful on the move.
A Press statement by the former President said:” The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence.”
For him, the Covid-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most citizens asking government not to make it worse by what he calls the “overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.”
Meanwhile, President John Mahama says the deployment of soldiers to the Volta and Oti Regions ahead of the voter’s registration exercise on Tuesday amounts to declaring war on residents of those areas.
According to him, any President sanctioning this sort of activity stands in breach of his oath to the people of Ghana.
He noted that “any President doing this, commits a grave sin against the very people he swore to protect.”
The NDC has accused the government of using soldiers to intimidate residents of the Volta region as the Electoral Commission readies to compile a new voter’s register for the December polls next week.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT BY FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS ON
DEPLOYMENT OF SECURITY AGENCIES IN VOLTA, OTI REGIONS
The presence of the military and other security agencies in some parts of the Volta and Oti Regions is generating animosity especially amongst innocent citizens whose basic way of life is being disrupted.
The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence.
The Covid-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.
Ahead of the voter registration exercise and the December elections, it is important that we demonstrate a sense of fairness and justice to all individuals and groups of people whilst maintaining the integrity and the sanctity of the process