An unusual number of security officials, have been deployed to the Ketu South Constituency of the Volta Region, the stronghold of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) causing apprehension among residents.
The officers, comprising men from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), have been spotted in parts of the area and have erected tents against the harsh weather condition.
But it appears their presence has sent shivers down the spines of residents, who have began questioning the exact motive behind their being there.
Though the officers were deployed days before the ruling by the Supreme Court that it is within the domain of the Electoral Commission (EC), to compile a new register, The Herald has gathered some of the residents are pointing accusing fingers at the Akufo-Addo government, saying it is an agenda to put fear in them.
It comes exactly a month after cousin of the President; Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, expressed open concern about the sheer number of voters on the electoral roll from the Ketu South Constituency.
Mr Otchere-Darko at the time questioned “why and how”, but he was challenged by a former Deputy Communications Minister under the erstwhile Mahama government, Felix Kwakye Ofosu.
The now NDC parliamentary candidate for the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) in the Central Region, who described Gabby’s comment as ethnocentric, asked whether he rather wanted Kyebi, (the hometown of both Gabby and the president) as the most populous area on the nation’s voter roll?
She said, contrary to a position held by the government led by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, that some names on the electoral roll were not Ghanaians, “Government through NADMO went to Togo to support Ghanaians in Katanga, ostensibly to alleviate their suffering after their homes were gutted by fire”.
The PC, accused government of playing deaf to their plight, especially since the closure of the borders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying residents have been calling for some social interventions for the vulnerable, but no one has responded to them.
“Trust me sir, this history you are writing will be here to be read till eternity. May I ask, what do you fear? I haven’t slept much since the Security Agencies took residence in all our border communities in Ketu South, because my phones are ringing off the hook. This is like a COMMUNIST INFERRIOR TACTICS” in 2020. The citizens want answers. Why are you doing this?
In an interview with The Herald, the former Deputy Minister, said she is convinced the deployment of the officers, has nothing to do with the COVID-19, but an attempt to intimidate her people. She said all the border towns in and outside her Constituency, including even Ho, have this increased number of security personnel.
She questioned why same precautionary measure, has not been carried out in other regions, if indeed it is for the pandemic, asking even in Accra where most of the cases have been recorded no such deployment has gone. She said she became aware of their presence a week ago.
Source: The Herald