Vote transfer resumes under heavy police, military guard-N/R




Transfer of votes in the Tamale South sub-metropolis in the Northern Region has resumed after the police closed down the office of the Electoral Commission (EC) there amidst gunshots by unknown assailants the previous day.

OTEC FM’s Northern regional correspondent, who visited the EC office on Friday, October 7, reported that about 20 military and police officers had been deployed to the area with armoured vehicles.

Friday is the last day for the vote transfer and the EC officials indicated in the morning that anyone who is not in the queue by 2pm will not be given the opportunity to register.

Various locations where the exercise is taking place across the nation have recorded huge numbers of voters in long winding queues.

The police are still hunting for the gun-toting assailants who disrupted the election management body’s vote transfer exercise previously.

Reports indicate that some students of the University for Development Studies who went to the offices of the EC to have their votes transferred were intimidated by gun-wielding men who prevented them from undertaking the exercise on Thursday October 6.

Some of the students claimed the attackers issued threats to kill them if they went ahead to vote on December 7.

One of the students said she “saw some men in cars coming this way as we queued and waited to be served by the EC officials and all we realised were two men coming towards us with a pinch bar and sticks and shouting, ‘If you value your lives, stay in your university and learn’”.


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