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General News of Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Clashes break out in Zabzugu-Tatale over transfer of votes

There have been some clashes at the Electoral Commission (EC) head office at the Zabzugu-Tatale district in the Northern region resulting from some confusion over the the legitimacy of persons transferring their votes to the constituency.

The clashes were reportedly between some supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), and supporters of the independent candidate, also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) incumbent MP for Tatale-Sanguli Constituency,

Some concerns raised were that some people trying to transfer their votes had not stayed in Tatale or Zabzugu for more than 2 years.

An eyewitness, who gave his name as Eric, spoke to Citi News and according to him, the tensions were escalated by the fact both that the Tatale-Sanguli and Zabzugu constituencies share one EC district office.

Eric noted that, “this morning there were more than 300, 400 who were here so a fight broke loose. It happened the whole of yesterday and today too, the same.”

“Some were arrested and detained and the police took them away. But the situation was getting out of hand so they had to call for back-up from Tatale, the immigration and some of the police,” he added.

Eric also indicated that more police back up from Yendi had arrived to maintain calm in the area along with some military personnel.

Because of the confusion, not more than 15 have been able to successfully transfer their votes at that office, Eric said.