Two electoral area coordinators of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been remanded in police custody for obstructing the work of an electoral officer in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
The two, Seth Assauh and one, Gilbert were arrested by the police after the Amenfi East District Electoral Officer lodged a complaint.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
The Western Regional Secretary of the NPP, Charles Bissew confirmed this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday.
He indicated that, his party men were protesting the inclusion of some family members of the incumbent Member of Parliament, Oppong Fosu as officers of the EC.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
“We had petitioned the EC when we had information about the inclusion of the MP’s family members but they told us they have removed their names only for my boys to see them at the polling station” he explained.
Since Regulation 8 clause 1 and 2 of the EC’s CI gives us the right to protest, Lawyer Charles Bissew said the NPP electoral area coordinators vowed not to let the exercise go on until those people are removed from the polling station.
District Electoral Officer, he noted, abandoned his work and went straight to the police who arrested them.
“Within two hours, the two have been arranged before court and remanded to reappear in court on May 3” he fumed.
The NPP Western Regional Secretary expressed shock at the swift nature of prosecution when in fact the NPP men were not given right to counsel.
Lawyer Charles Bissew said they are working around the clock to ensure the two are released.
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