This came to light when News Ghana visited some of the registration centers in the Region during the just ended limited voter registration exercise.

wpid-The-continuous-registration-exercise-was-being-conducted-at-the-ECs-district-offices-300x179.jpgAt Gomoa Afransi in the Gomoa East District, it was learnt that two people, allegedly a Togolese and Ivorian were restricted by executives of the opposition NPP in the area on the basis that they are aliens.

Reports received from eyewitnesses indicate that the NDC Youth Organizer for Gomoa East and former Assembly member Kobina Gyasi dealt a blow to the back of the NPP Communicator, Evans Ewuah Ninsin and bolted away in a taxi cab when the latter tried to stop a minor allegedly brought in by the NDC to registerat the registration center at the Chief’s palace.

When contacted, the Electoral Officer at the center confirmed the report, but said the problem was resolved amicably between members of the two parties.

The story was not different at Gomoa Aboso in the same District where the NPP has accused the NDC Member of Parliament for the area, Rachel Nana Adwoa Appoh of busing young ladies from nearby villages under the guise of putting them into hairdressing vocation only for them to part take in the registration exercise.

Briefing News Ghana during the visit to area, the Assembly member for the area Isaac Gyasi Korsah hinted that six of the said young ladies were stopped by the NPP from registering because they were under age.

The registration turned a heated exercise between members of the ruling NDC and opposition NPP at Agona Nyarkrom in the Agona West Municipality wheresome parents had to move swiftly and drag their children who had not attained eighteen years from the queue to stop them from registering.

According to information receivedat the registration center at the Chief’s palace in the town, one Mr. Sackey rushed to the center and dragged his underage son from the queue and warned to take action against any person who will influence his son to register.

Also, the NPP in the area led by its Pollen Station Organizer Mr. Kofi Benkyehene has filled a form to challenge the registration of a class six pupil of AWMA [formerly ADA] school, Benjamin Mensah.
According to the NPP Pollen Station Organizer, checks from the school indicate that the said Benjamin Mensah is sixteen years of age.

He further hinted that three Burkinabe women were refused registration by members of his party after they received information that the Electoral Officer at the center, Sanni Mohammed who they said is a member of the NDC in the area called the three women and other Nigereans who sells perfumes, pomades, wrist watches as well as clothes on his mobile cell phone to come and register, accusing him bias.
He said it took the intervention of some members of the Zongo community to come there and prove that the three ladies were aliens from Burkina Faso who had come to the town not quite long ago.

He further accused the NDC of busing people from a village called Otsenkorang to register in the town.
One thing that broke the camel’s back was when the Assembly member for Abora Electoral Area, Frank Abban also walked straight to the registration center and dragged his underage son from the queue and threatened to take the registration process to Court if anyone attempts to register his son.
When contacted, Hon. Frank Abban gave his son’s date of birth as 20th Sept. 1999.

He said when he asked his son why he went to register, he told him that he was approached and promised by some known members of the NDC to go and register.

Source: Robert Ayanful

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