Foreign Policy and a Security Analyst, Adib Saani has described the violence associated with the voter’s registration exercise as dress rehersal of the 2020 general elections.
According to Mr Sani, it is unfortunate that the “mere writing of names and issuance of new voter’s identification card is characterized with such violence, vigilantism” and wondered what will happen during the December polls.
His comment comes after a shooting incident at a registration centre at Kasoa in the Central Region on Monday.
The violence act occurred at the registration centre situated at the Step to Christ polling station where incumbent MP, Mavis Hawa Koomson had visited.
The NDC has accused the MP who also doubles as Minister for Special Development Initiatives for the dastard act that disrupted the registration exercise and got EC officials fleeing for their lives, after she admitted to firing warning shots.
Officials of the Electoral Commission then had to close down the Step to Christ registration centre in the Awutu Senya East constituency after the gun-wielding men stormed the premises with the MP.
14 persons have since been arrested by the police to assist in investigations following incidents of gunshots and the burning of motorcycles belonging to NDC agents at Kasoa Monday.
He described the recent attitude of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Awutu Senya East and Minister of Special Development Initiative, Mavis Hawa Koomson as irresponsible.
The NDC is infuriated because party members have suffered similar attacks in some areas across the country, including Ayawaso West Wuogon and Krowor in the Greater Accra; Ekumfi in the central Region; Tano South in the Ahafo Region and Awutu Senya East–where gunshots from suspected NPP thugs are witnessed at registration centres almost every 48 hours.
But Mr Adib, the CEO of Jatikay Centre for Security and Peace Building, who condemned the violence said the minister’s action does not speak well of her and sets a bad precedent which can lead to violence at other polling stations.
“What she did was irresponsible and it will set a dangerous precedent. And everyone who visits a polling centre will carry a gun which will cause fear for all and possibly cause us all to suffer,” Adib told Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman on Power FM.
Adib Saani mentioned that one can only draw out a gun if the individual is faced with a threat which is proportional to that response.
Regardless of it being in the minister’s right to own a firearm, Adib Saani posited that carrying a firearm does not solve problems but makes situations worse.
“In many instances, guns escalate problems rather than de-escalate them,” Adib added.
He went on to advise the citizenry and owners arms to exercise a great deal of patience and rather engage the police to resolve issues of violence rather than draw out their guns.