Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called on the government to reconsider its decision to send the military to the Volata and Oti regions ahead of the commencement of registration for the new voters’ register.

According to him, the act will amount to intimidation and the worsening of the plight of Ghanaians living in these areas.

Former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings

“The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence,” a statement from the former President’s office said.

Rawlings called on authorities to be fair and treat everybody equally irrespective of their location, tribe or affiliations.

“The COVID-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.”

Although the government is yet to explain the rationale behind the deployment, some members of the governing party NPP have said the deployment is to prevent people in Togo from trespassing into Ghana to register to vote.

STATEMENT BY FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS ON DEPLOYMENT OF SECURITY AGENCIES IN VOLTA, OTI REGIONS

The presence of the military and other security agencies in some parts of the Volta and Oti Regions is generating animosity especially amongst innocent citizens whose basic way of life is being disrupted.

The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence.

The COVID-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.

Ahead of the voter registration exercise and the December elections, we must demonstrate a sense of fairness and justice to all individuals and groups of people whilst maintaining the integrity and the sanctity of the process.

Issued By:
Kobina Andoh Amoakwa
(Communications Directorate)