The Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has challenged the flagbearer of opposition NDC John Mahama to provide evidence to back his claim of voter suppression and intimidation by the military in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.
The former president in a social media post cited happenings in Volta Region and Banda Constituency where the military has been reportedly preventing people perceived to be NDC supporters from registering.
But addressing the media in parliament Mr. Dominic Nitiwul said the claims by the former president were wrong insisting he’s been misled.
According to the Bimbilla MP, soldiers in Ketu South and parts of the Volta Region are only following persons who illegally crossed the border accusing the NDC flagbearer of acting on failed intelligence.
He added his men in Banda are only carrying out a REGSEC agreement with parties not to bus people to Registration centers.
“Let me assure the people of Ghana that the Ministry of Defence has not and will not deploy members of the Ghana Armed Forces to suppress any voter. What is happening in Banda is very clear duty by the members of the Ghana Armed Forces to respect the orders of the Regional Security Council. The REGSEC held a meeting with the parties, agreed with them not to bus people, agreed with them that people should not physically prevent others, and also agreed with them that they should deploy security including the military. And so the military was rightly deployed by the REGSEC to ensure that their orders were strictly followed.
“If you were a military man and you saw people in vehicles coming to come and register what will you do? You’ll obviously have to stop them and ask them to walk individually to the polling stations. That is exactly what the military is doing in the area. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Asiedu Nketiah or Dominic Nitiwul or an ordinary man sitting in Dormaa Ahenkro, you’ll be stopped because these were the orders of the REGSEC. the parties ought to respect the agreement that they themselves have signed.”