General News of Friday, 13 April 2012
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, has waded into the back and forth of the violence that has characterised the Biometric Registration Exercise, questioning whether or not President Mills is committed to a peaceful process leading to the December polls.
Nana Addo expressed these concerns earlier on Thursday after taking part in the ongoing biometric registration at the Rock of Ages polling station in Abuakwa South in the Eastern Region.
He said: “We wonder about these comments of the President, either he doesn’t seem to have any authority over what’s going on or he’s deceiving the Ghanaian people when he says he wants a peaceful process."
“No effort is being made to bring to book those who are responsible, especially in the light of the very regrettable statement that the head of the Police Service made that the police are allegedly - I believe in his words - supposed to be neutral," Nana Addo stated.
“Nobody is asking the police to be part of the partisan political process. What we are saying is that the core responsibility of the police is to ensure law and order in our country at all times.
"There’s not a time when the police go on holiday as far as maintenance of law and order is concerned and it is regrettable that incidents are occurring and the police seem to be indifferent to other survivors and when a police man takes action on it he’s being reprimanded by his superiors," the flagbearer pointed out.
He opined: “It’s extremely important that all of us understand that the maintenance of democracy in Ghana is not just the responsibility of the political parties and their leaders.”
Nana Addo was accompanied by the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Atta Akyea, and a team of NPP regional executives.
He, however, mentioned the recent attack in Odododiodio indicating that the parliamentary candidate for Ablekuma South, Ursula Owusu, who was attacked by some macho men in the constituency has every right to defend herself.**