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General News of Monday, 21 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Allow eligible ‘Ghanaians abroad’ to vote – IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, has advised security officers not to allow any form of intimidation that seeks to prevent eligible voters along the country’s corridors and those abroad from voting in the polls on 7th December.

Addressing the media on a day’s visit to the Volta Region, John Kudalor, observed that due to the long standing history between the Volta Region and the Republic of Togo, there is that tendency to challenge the eligibility of voters along the borders.

“I don’t think the Togolese have any mandate to come and vote here; but you know the long standing history between the Volta Region and Togo. All that we are saying is that, any Ghanaian is free to stay anywhere and work.

So if you are even living outside the African Continent and you are duly registered and your papers are ready, you can fly in, nobody can stop you at the airport. In the same wise if you find yourself in a country within our borders, I don’t think anybody should be prevented,” he stated.

He said his outfit would ensure that every individual with the requisite travel documents would have access into the country on the election day, and as well be permitted to exercise his or her franchise if duly registered.

“The security agency would ensure that everybody who is supposed to vote or who is to have easy access to and from the country across the borders to be allowed to vote. If you have any problem with anybody, it should be at the polling station; to see that he is not duly registered, he is coming to be an imposter or unlawfully voting” he further stated.

The opposition New Patriotic Party in the Volta Region, has recently launched a campaign dubbed “operations eagle eye” that seek to keep surveillance along the Ghana-Togo frontier to prevent what they claim are Togolese nationals from entering the country to vote.

Their campaign was countered by the governing NDC which has vowed to ensure eligible Ghanaians working in Togo moves into the country to vote.

Mr John Kudalor in the company of the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani, are on a day’s visit in the Volta Region to discuss security issues with the various heads of the security agencies ahead of the general elections.