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Brong Ahafo Police to ensure peace at registration centres after NDC, NPP clash

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The Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command,  has formed special police patrol teams to ensure law and order during the on-going biometric voters’ registration  in the region.

This followed alleged clash between supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at a registration center at Kukuom in Asunafo South District at the weekend.

Three people suspected to be members of the NDC, sustained gunshot wounds and were on admission at Hwidiem Government hospital as a result of the clash.

Similar violent clashes were  reported in  parts of Asutifi and Sunyani West Districts, as well as Techiman Municipality since the exercise began last weekend.

Consequently, the Regional Security Council met on Monday March 26, 2012, to find solutions to the problem.

Mr. Issah Nasigre, Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, disclosed these at an emergency meeting of the Regional Inter-Party Dialogue Committee in Sunyani on Tuesday.

The 20-member committee is made up of representatives of the NDC, NPP, Convention People’s Party, People’s National Convention,  Ghana Journalists’ Association, the Police,  Electoral Commission (EC), National Peace Council and the clergy.

Mr. Nasigre explained that despite the challenges, the registration took off smoothly in the region, and said the EC provided all the materials needed for the exercise.

He called on leaders of various political parties to ensure that their followers and agents conducted themselves well at registration centers to avoid confusion.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mawunyo Nangbe of the Regional Police Command said the police would ensure that the exercise was conducted peacefully.

He warned that the police would arrest and prosecute anybody or group of persons whose conduct would threaten peace.

Father George Kyeremeh, Director of the Sunyani Diocesan Pastoral and Retreat Center of the Catholic Secretariat, chairman of the committee, said efforts to ensure peace during the upcoming general election would be in vain if supporters of political parties continued to trade insults at each other.

He called on Inter-Party Dialogue Committees in the region to find solution to political problems.

Source: GNA

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