The National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not have any vigilante groups, according to the party’s Builsa South member of parliament (MP), Clement Apaak.
According to Apaak, the party rather has a ballot protection unit meant to secure the polls during elections.
Classfmonline.com reports the MP believes the unit is necessary because the government is willing to intimidate its opponents with state security machinery.
Apaak reportedly told Class FM that his party had no intention of disbanding the said units because there is no assurance the opposition will not be terrorised by government.
Many civil society organisations have called on both the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition NDC to end acts of vigilantism by disbanding their vigilante groups.
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These renewed calls come in the wake of the violence that rocked the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency by-election of January 31, 2019. An MP, Sam George, was caught on video being manhandled.
Despite the calls, Apaak said: “I don’t think we have vigilantes. What we have is that, and our chairman was very clear, he said it when he was giving his acceptance speech when he was elected as chairman that we are going to put together a group to protect the ballot; a ballot protection unit."
Asked whether if he was in support of vigilantism, he replied: "I, Dr Apaak, I don’t see anything wrong with mobilising a couple of guys from Builsa South to go to polling stations to be there to ensure that the proper thing is done."
While the NPP can boast of groups like Delta Force, Kandahar Boys and the Invincible Forces, the NDC have the Hawks, Azorka Boys in the Northern Region and the Dragons.
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