“No eligible voter will be restrained in any way, from exercising his franchise on the basis of his country of residence,” the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor, stated.
The IGP’s statement was in apparent reference to threats by some politicians in the Volta Region not to allow people from the region living in neighbouring Togo to return and vote on December 7.
He said, “Where a voter lives and earns his living will not matter in the election, so long as the person’s name is on the voters’ register.”
Mr. Kudalor stated these at a press briefing in Ho on Monday, when he accompanied the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Prosper Bani, on a duty tour of the Volta Region.
He gave the assurance that the security agencies would rather ensure the safe passage of voters to their polling stations, than preventing them from voting.
“If there should be a reason to prevent anyone from voting, then it will come from the polling station,” he added.
Mr. Kudalor warned that any political fanatic whose unruly conduct could disturb the peace during the election, would “suffer swift and ruthless consequences”, adding that adequate security measures had been put in place to ensure that all voters go to their polling stations in an atmosphere, devoid of fear and intimidation.
Mr. Kudalor explained that the police were not arbiters, but their actions and demeanour would influence the peace.
For that reason, he said the police had taken a firm stance never to tolerate any form of lawlessness on the voting day.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho