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General News of Friday, 23 September 2016


Ejura NDC warns NPP over ‘dirty’ schemes

The communication team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Ejura-Sekyere-Dumase Constituency have blown the lid off a scheme devised by members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to allegedly disrupt the ongoing vote transfer.

According to the team, the NPP is using all means to prevent northerners, who over the years have migrated to the constituency to trade, from transferring.

They told a news conference on Thursday that the members of the elephant party have therefore resulted to pepper spraying the Electoral Commission (EC) transfer center, a situation which has been described as causing fear and panic.

“…it will be recalled that on Tuesday, 20th September, 2016, between the hours of 3:30 - 4:30 pm, whilst the EC staff were attending to voters who wanted to transfer their votes at one of the rooms of the EC office, both the officers and the transferring voters could not contain the scent of the dangerous gaseous pepper spray. This therefore made the EC officials close abruptly the process for the day for the sake of their own security sake and that of the qualified voters-to-be in the constituency”, the communication team led by Ahmed Badala observed.

Not too surprised about their ‘violent’ attitude, which involves beating up of new registrants and prospective ones during the limited and continuous registration exercises, the NDC team noted that the actions by the NPP thugs in Ejura, reveals their ever readiness to disrupt the EC exercises.

“We will continue to be nonviolent, humble, respectful to state institutions, and above all follow the peaceful footsteps of our flagbearer, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama in all our endeavors”, the team made a commitment, adding that they will play their roles in line with the rules guiding the general elections.

They thus appealed to the security services, to extend operations to the constituency to restore calm, serenity, and protect lives and properties.

“From the modus operandi of NPP in the constituency, they are bent on commiting violence even without any provocation through the assistance of other unseen powerful hands and subsequently turn to blame the NDC party for the very evil they commit on innocent souls”, they underscored.

Again, they appealed to nananom, zongo chiefs, mallams, pastors, parents, as well as the media, to strengthen the peace campaign before, during and after the December 7 polls.