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More security personnel dispatched to West Gonja …to maintain order at voter registration centres

More security personnel, comprising military and police, have been dispatched to Damongo in the West Gonja constituency of the Savannah Region to maintain law and order, following series of disturbances in some voter registration centres in the constituency. 

Some supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are said to have engaged in scuffles at the registration centres, thus disrupting the registration process.

The Member of Parliament of Damongo, Mr Adam Mutawakilu, and the constituency executives of the NDC have accused the NPP parliamentary candidate, Mr Abu Jinapor, Deputy Chief of Staff of bussing people they described as “outsiders” to register in the constituency.

This has led to the exchange of blows between supporters of the two parties. 

An eyewitness, Mr Osman Salifu, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times said, supporters of the two parties in the constituency were engaged in fighting in some of the registration centres.

He said, but for the timely arrival of the security personnel in the area, there would have been mayhem in some of the centres on Thursday.

Mr Salifu said that some supporters of the two parties were seen hitting each other with plastic chairs and other objects at some registration centres.

He told the Ghanaian Times that, there was, however, high turnout in all the registration centres across the Savannah Region.

Mr Sulemana Abudu in a telephone interview from Salaga said that, there were long queues at the registration centres in the Salaga South constituency.

He emphasised that the registration exercise was relatively peaceful and smooth in the constituency.

Reports reaching the Ghanaian Times indicated that, three persons were referred to the health authority when their temperatures were recorded as above the normal.

Checks from registration centres in the North East Region also indicated that the exercise was peaceful.

FROM YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, DAMONGO

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