Ghana army has been deployed to the Volta region in preparation for the presidential election on December 7.
President Akufo-Addo says the military deployments at the country’s borders are not in any way intended to intimidate or prevent eligible Ghanaians from registering to vote in December as the opposition parties have expressed this worry.
He said “they are there for their express purpose, which is to guard our borders. That is the limit of their remit, and they will not be permitted to stray beyond that remit.”
The president said this on Monday, in an address to the nation ahead of the commencement of the voter registration exercise on Tuesday.
According to him, it is crucial that both the registration exercise and the electoral process itself be conducted in an atmosphere of peace and security, devoid of intimidation and violence.
Having been assured by the security agencies of their determination to carry out their duties without fear or favour, the President indicated that he had been encouraged by the recent reassurance by the Inspector General of Police that Police will be even-handed in their response to issues.
“The longstanding deployment of security personnel, especially the military, along our borders is another dimension of this process of guaranteeing the peace of the nation.