Tarkwa (W/R), April 18, GNA – A Tarkwa Circuit Court has granted bail to three members of the New Patriotic Party for assaulting Mamudu Jaloo and causing damage to his old voter identity card.

The three who pleaded not guilty and would re-appear before the court on May 9, claimed to be part of the NPP’s monitoring team for the ongoing biometric registration exercise in the Prestea Huni/Valley district, and were granted a bail in the sum of GH¢9,000 with one surety each.

Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that the complainant is a small scale miner in Huni/Valley while the first, second and third accused are Abiam Kuntu Danso farmer, 52 , Kojo Appiah Takyi student, 22, and Bismark Opoku carpenter, 30, are all residents in the same vicinity.

He said on April 11 between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, the accused person went to the Anglican Junior High School in Fanti New Town at Huni/Valley registration center and met the complainant in a queue who was waiting to be registered.

He said the accused persons on seeing the complainant pulled and heckled him out of the queue and in the process first accused person collected his old voter identity card and tore it in front of him.

Inspector Amponsah said a report was made to the police and the accused were arrested, cautioned and charged with the offense.

Judge Diawuo cautioned all political parties to adhere to the rules instituted by the electoral commissioner by requesting for a challenge form if they suspected anybody who do not qualify to be registered.

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