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NPP in the Savanna Region rubbishes NDC’s calls for North East Gonja DCE’s arrest

The Savanna Regional Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Issah Mohammed, has rubbished claims by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the region that the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the North East Gonja district, Abdulla Iddi and 16 others are the brains behind the illegal registration of people onto the voter’s register at a private residence at Vittin in Tamale last week.

He described the NDC’s claims as false and palpable lies maintaining that the crime was committed by two Electoral Commission (EC) officers who have since been dismissed by the commission.

The Savanna Regional executives of the NDC had called a press conference to demand the immediate arrest and prosecution of the DCE for the North East Gonja district, Abdulla Iddi and 16 others for their roles in the illegal registration of some 12 persons at Vittin some few days ago.

The NDC at the media briefing alleged that the DCE, who is also the Parliamentary candidate of the NPP for the Salaga North constituency is the brain behind the act meant to enhance his electoral fortunes.

However, the Savanna Regional Communications Director of NPP in a statement copied to diamond news said the call by the NDC is one of their evil agenda to distract the peace in the region. 

He said EC officiasl have committed similar electoral malpractices in other parts of the country, therefore it is unfortunate for the NDC to relate the incident to the DCE.

“They should come out with evidence to back their claim because there is no technical evidence whatsoever attached to what they were claiming; we should not entertain such unwarranted calls from people who have no basis for making such claims because they have no evidence to back their claims, if for nothing, the EC should be held responsible, but not the DCE. This is one of their tactics to distract us in the region. I am telling them we are focused to ensure that we win the entire parliamentary seats for the NPP,” he stated.

It would be recalled that, on July 17th, Diamond News reported the arrest of two EC officials stationed at Kpanshegu Registration cluster in the North East Gonja district, who were caught registering some persons illegally at a private residence at Vittin in the Tamale South constituency.

The two EC officers were stationed at Kpanshegu, a farming community in the North East Gonja District of the Savanna Region for the ongoing voter registration exercise, but found themselves at the Tamale South constituency in the Northern Region for reasons best known to them.

Story By: Alhassan Yakubu ||

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