April 2, 2012

The biometric voter registration exercise which is currently ongoing across the country was yesterday brought to an abrupt end at Ahenboborano poling centre in the Tafo Pankrono constituency following a raid by some thugs.

About 7 men riding motorbikes thronged the Ahenboborano polling centre and seized the equipment the Electoral Commission (EC) officials were working with and removed the CHIP from the laptop.

The obviously incensed youth who witnessed the incident, also in the process of registering, put up a fierce resistance and managed to retrieve the CHIP.
The ensuing melee resulted in the exercise being halted for the rest of the day.

Speaking on Okay Fm (a private radio station) in Accra on Monday, the MP for Old-Tafo Pankromono, Dr. Akoto Osei who condemned the act by the thugs suspected the ruling NDC party in the area of being behind the unruly behavior claiming that the NDC polling agent vanished into thin air moments before the incident happened.

He stated that the NPP will remain resolute in its resolve not to allow anything untoward to mar the success of the ongoing exercise.

The Tafo Pankrono District Police Commander, Supt. Kwesi Ofori on his part while speaking on the same issue on Okay fm, confirmed the incident and stated that his outfit will not relent in its efforts to bring the culprits of this criminal act to book.

He again warned that the police may be forced to use reasonable force to crash any such persons who have purposed in their heart to disrupt the ongoing registration exercise in the area.

Kwadwo Anim/Ghanamps.gov.gh