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General News of Saturday, 9 February 2019


Leaked letter shows plan to train NPP party activists for election 2020

A leaked letter has exposed plans by the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council and its Regional Security Liaison to recruit and train New Patriotic Party (NPP) activists for the 2020 election.

The leaked letter, addressed to the constituency chairmen in the region, said the activists, to be known as the “Election Security Team,” are expected to, among other things monitor the upcoming limited voter registration exercise and guard ballot boxes during the elections.

The letter, signed by the Regional Security Liaison Officer, Capt. Simon Ansu Tengabo (Rtd), was also copied to the NPP Regional Chairman, Upper West Region, the Regional Minister, Alhassaan Suleman and all Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Upper West region.

“Grateful you submit a list of suitable security oriented party members for training as Election Security Team to closely monitor the 2020 elections starting from the re-opening of the voters register through to the actual elections and up to the declaration of results,” Capt. Tengabo noted.

The list, according to the Regional Liaison Officer must include a leader of the party in the region and 10 others.

“After their training/orientation, the teams will in turn select and also train polling station Elections Security Team to cover all polling stations in your area.

“Please carefully select and submit your District/Municipal list to the Regional Security Liaison Officer, Regional Coordinating Council, Wa, Upper West region,” the letter further noted.

The request for NPP activists to be recruited and trained to provide security comes on the heels of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election shooting incident and a government sponsored security retreat.

At least 13 people were injured in the shooting incident which has led to the formation of a commission of inquiry.

The commission, chaired by the former Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice boss, Emile Short, is expected to public hearing soon.