Three arrested for registering non-Ghanaians for voter ID card

The Weija Divisional Police Command has arrested three persons for registering non-Ghanaians in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.

The suspects were caught red-handed at about 8  on Sunday, busily registering the foreigners at the GiCEL estate in the Weija Gbawe Municipality.

Items found on them included NIA, guarantor, and online voter registration forms.

Deputy Operations officer for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Weija Gbawe constituency, Alicia Ofori Attah said over eighty others, mostly women were also spotted in the queue waiting for their turn to get registered.

“We were doing our normal monitoring at around 6 o’clock when we received a call that some people were being registered in a house so we should come. An informant gave us that information. So my team moved to that area and lo and behold there were about 80 people, most of them were women and three gentlemen involved in the registration process. They managed to register eight people.

“We started screaming when we saw guarantor and NIA forms. They ran away but I quickly called the Weija District Commander and he gave us the patrol team. They picked the three gentlemen and they are now at the police station. They [those being registered] were non Ghanaians and I suspect EC officials were behind this.”

This is not the first time an arrest has been made over attempts to register a non-Ghanaian in the ongoing exercise.

Security personnel in the Upper East Region on July 2 arrested a Togolese man who attempted to acquire a voters’ ID card.

The suspect, who was identified as Bouguiligue Kouassi Kampe, was picked up at the Bimpelle Primary School registration centre at Woriyanga at the Tempane District upon a tip-off.

The Electoral Commission (EC) is currently registering voters ahead of the December, 2020, polls.

The exercise which started on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, entered its second phase today, July 6, and is expected to end on August 6, 2020.


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