April 3, 2012

The Member of Parliament for Okere Dan Botwe, has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party of corrupting the ongoing Biometric voter registration exercise in his constituency by busing foreigners to the area to register.

According to him, the illegal act by the NDC has generated unnecessary tension in the area which has threatened the peaceful atmosphere and also has the potential of marring the success of the exercise in Okere.

Two young men who attempted to register at Adukrom in the Okere constituency of the Eastern region over the weekend ware arrested by the Adukrom Police

They gave their names as Baba Vincent, 23, from Akatsi Abor in the Volta region and Mustapha Sheriff, 24, confessed to the police upon interrogation that they were transported from Accra by the constituency chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Douglas Agyei, to register in order to vote for the NDC in December.

Confirming the arrest of the two to Journalist, the PoliceThe police said on Friday afternoon the two young men arrived at Abonde, a polling station at Adukrom, to register, but agents of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) questioned their identities and prevented them from registering which resulted in hot arguments between the NDC and NPP until the police arrived at the polling station and intervened.

Speaking on the issue on Peace FM on Monday, Hon. Dan Botwe who condemned the act stated that in as much as he remains committed to ensuring a peaceful and successful registration exercise he will not countenance any such illegal activity by the NDC.

He wondered what the interest of the Akuapem North Municipal Assembly (MCE) George Opare Addo was in the arrest of the two young men to have go to the police station to seek their bail, if he knew nothing about the illegality.

Hon. Dan Botwe emphatically stated that the NPP would remain resolute in its quest to ensure clean and fair registration exercise and warned parents to advise their children to desist from accepting money from political parties so as to register for them since he would make sure that anybody arrested would be dealt with according to the laws of the land.

Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh