EC officials attacked in Suhum; Boycott votes transfer process

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Unknown assailants have attacked Electoral Commission (EC) officials at Suhum in the Eastern Region and threatened to kill them if they fail to transfer the votes of some people living outside the constituency.

Joy News Correspondent, Maxwell Kudekor, says the assailants took away EC’s printer after the attack.

Suhum District Director Mensah Worlanyo told Joy News the matter has been reported to the police but no arrests have been made yet.

“In fact, they called one of my men and threatened that they will kill him. So they [EC officials] threatened that they won’t go work [Friday],” he said.

This is not the first time EC officials have been attacked in the district.

Mr Worlanyo explains that latest attack came when a voter came to EC office to transfer his vote but failed to provide the requisite information upon interrogation.

“They [EC officials] asked the person to go and bring some attachments like light bills and those things and so the person left, and when the person left I am told that the person went to the person went the [National Democratic Congress] party office to complain that he has not been granted the transfer,” he told Maxwell.

Eyewitnesses told Joy News after attacking the EC officials the assailants sought refuge at the home of the Suhum Municipal Chief Executive.

Maxwell Kudekor says the EC officials have requested police protection before they continue with the votes transfer exercise.

The EC suspended the exercise at Asunafo South in the Brong Ahafo Region after similar attacks. In that incident too, EC’s equipment, as well as properties at the office of the District Assembly, were destroyed.

Equipment crucial to the success of the transfer of votes exercise such as a server for storing data, satellite and other digital systems were vandalised.

The incident also left the driver of the NPP Parliamentary candidate, a former Constituency Chairman, Osei Bonsu and three others injured.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | GN

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