Chaos erupts at Ga South Voters Registration Centre

A confrontation between supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Electoral Commission’s office in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region has disrupted the voters’ registration exercise.

The chaos erupted on Sunday, May 19, 2024, when some NDC supporters attempted to prevent some applicants, mostly students from Christian Methodist and Ngleshie Amanfro Senior High Schools, from registering, citing their age as minors.

The NPP supporters resisted the move, leading to stone-throwing and other violent acts, forcing the registration process to halt for close to an hour.

According to eyewitnesses, the NDC supporters claimed that the applicants were underaged and therefore ineligible to register. However, the NPP supporters argued that the applicants were of legal age and had the right to register.

The situation quickly escalated, with both sides hurling stones and other objects at each other.

The police were called to the scene, and the SCC District Police Commander and his team arrived to restore order.

Mr. Nicholas Agbomanye, an eyewitness and former Assembly Member for Akpasa Electoral Area described the situation as a chaotic scene.

Despite the police intervention, no arrests were made. The registration process resumed after the chaos subsided, but the incident has raised concerns about the safety and security of the electoral process.

The Electoral Commission has not officially commented on the incident.

Meanwhile, the incident has sparked a heated debate about the role of political parties in the electoral process and the need for peaceful and democratic elections.

By: Akwasi Addo | | Ghana

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