Ghanaian musician and politician, Kwame Obeng Asare, popularly known as A Plus, has said that he’s feeling furious that Ghanaian citizens who have lived all their lives in Ghana are being prevented from registering in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
In a post on his facebook page on Saturday, August 1, 2020, A Plus wondered why people who had to “denounce their British citizenship not long ago can register to vote while those whose ancestors are full blooded Ghanaians
and have lived all their lives as Ghanaians are being denied and intimidated with military.”
A Plus, who campaigned vigorously for then candidates Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the lead up to the 2016 elections, also asked since when it has “become the duty of the military to tell who is a Ghanaian and who is not.”
Since the Electoral Commission commenced the compilation of a new voters’ register, there have been reports of violence at some registration centers across the country. This is basically because of the perception that certain people in government are bent on preventing perceived opposition supporters from registering.
In that regard, the government itself has deployed the military and other security forces to various registration centers across the county. Although the government argued that the deployment is to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to at the various registration centers, many have doubted the claim. And such doubts are reinforced by the deployment of soldiers to opposition strongholds, especially the Volta Region, to prevent supposed foreigners from registering.
Unfortunately, however, there are reports of such military personnel invading people’s homes in opposition strongholds to assault and threaten them.
Even ‘big actors’ in the government have also become sources of threat to bona fide Ghanaians trying to register in the ongoing exercise. The latest of such incidents happened at a registration center in Kasoa in the Awutu Senya East Constituency when the Minister in charge of Special Development Initiatives, Hawa Koomson, fired gunshots leading to an abrupt end of the registration exercise.
Read A Plus’ post below:
“People who denounced their British citizenships not long ago have registered to vote while those whose ancestors are full blooded Ghanaians 🇬🇭 and have lived all their lives as Ghanaians are being denied and intimidated with military. Since when did it become the duty of the military to tell who is a Ghanaian and who is not?”
By a ghanahotissues.com writer
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