Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged residents in border towns of the Volta Region not to be intimated by the deployment of the military.
He wants them to turn out massively to participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise despite the increased number of security personnel policing the area.
“I have asked our members not to be intimidated and that despite the presence of the military, they should still come out in their numbers and register so that they can exercise their franchise come December 7, 2020 this year,” he said.
Some indigenes of border communities in the region had cause to complain over what some say is abuse and intimidation at the hands of personnel ahead of the commence of the new voters’ registration exercise.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) further described the cries as a result of a deliberate attempt by the Akufo-Addo-led administration to disenfranchise the indigenes who belong to their strongholds.
Government has clarified that the deployment is to check illegal crossing of the country’s borders over Covid-19 concerns adding that other parts of the country saw similar exercises.
But the NDC flagbearer is not convinced. He condemned what he claims to be illegal home searches conducted by some armed officers.
Mr Mahama who visited some voters’ registration centres in the region questioned the alleged acts.
“They said they were there to find out if they are foreigners in their houses. That is not the indication we were given by the authorities. They said they were there to check entry of persons infected with Covid. And so why would you go into people’s houses now to find out if people are Ghanaian citizens or not?” he quizzed.