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‘Blame Jean Mensa For Violence In Banda’ – CARE Ghana

Care For Free And Fair Elections (CARE-Ghana) has heavily criticised the Electoral Commission (EC) for the series of confusion that has characterized the ongoing voter registration exercise at Banda in the Bono region.

Reports of intimidation and chaos in the area have inundated the media since last month but was heightened over the weekend after hundreds of residents along the Bui Dam were prevented from taking part of the exercise by military men who alleged the persons in trucks and vans were non Ghanaians.

But CARE Ghana in a statement condemned the violence in the area, saying “the Electoral Commission (EC) should be held accountable for the intimidation characterizing the ongoing registration exercise in the Banda constituency.”

“The EC’s inability to create a registration center and its refusal to dispatch mobile registration kits to the communities along the lake in Banda accounts for the confusion we are experiencing in the area,” David Kumi Addo, Executive Secretary of CARE-Ghana noted.

The think thank believes, “the Electoral Commission is mandated to create easy access for all eligible Ghanaian voters to register and participate in all public elections hence the need to provide polling centers in every community with the population of at least 800.”

According CARE-Ghana, it is “very surprising” that the EC failed to provide a registration center closer to the settler communities in the area “even though the population in the communities along the lake in Banda in the Bono Region is over 23,407.”

Below is the statement;

PRESS RELEASE
4TH AUGUST, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EC RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONFUSION IN
BANDA – “CARE” GHANA”

The Electoral Commission (EC) should be held accountable for the intimidation characterizing the ongoing registration exercise in the Banda constituency. The EC’s inability to create a registration center and its refusal to dispatch mobile registration kits to the communities along the lake in Banda accounts for the confusion we are experiencing in the area.

The Electoral Commission is mandated to create easy access for all eligible Ghanaian voters to register and participate in all public elections hence the need to provide polling centers in every community with the population of at least 800. It is very surprising that, even though the population in the communities along the lake in Banda in the Bono Region is over 23,407, the EC has not considered it relevant to provide a registration center in that
community.

Owing to this, members of these communities who are predominantly Ewes travel in buses and tracks to nearby communities to register. According to Okogyeadie Nana Boankoadi a chief in Banda, these are Ewe fisher folks who settled in the area as far back 1919 even before his great grand parents were born. Therefore, what prevents the EC from allocating registration centers in these communities to enable these Ghanaian citizens participate in the registration exercise and subsequently vote in the upcoming general elections.

Failure by the EC to comply with its mandate to ensure that it provides an unfettered opportunity for every Ghanaian citizen willing to vote occasions the needless and unnecessary confusion in the Banda constituency. We urge the EC to as a matter of urgency dispatch its mobile registration kits to the Ewe communities along the river bunks in the constituency to curb the mass movement of people and promote a peaceful cohesion.

The unprovoked, needless and unwarranted action by the Ghana armed forces and the national security forces is not useful to the development of our fledging democracy. To physically prevent any Ghanaian from exercising his or her constitutional right is an
attempt to undermine the 1992 constitution.

We condemn it in uncertain terms and demand an unqualified apology to the Ewe communities in Banda in the Bono Region and the entire country.

We therefore call on our security officers to rather protect the citizenry and not intimidate or threaten the lives of the people whose taxes pay them. The Electoral Commission is also advised to immediately allocate registration centers or dispatch its mobile registration kits to the area to enable these Ghanaian citizens register and participate in the 7th December, 2020 general elections.

Thank you.
Sign
David Kumi Addo
Executive Secretary “CARE” GHANA
0273009907/ 0559026124

 

Source: Ghana|Myxyzonline.com

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