Rawlings questions essence of military deployment in Volta, Oti regions

Rawlings questions essence of military deployment in Volta, Oti regions

- Jerry John Rawlings has said the deployment of military personnel along the borders in the Volta and Oti regions is generating animosity

- The former president's comment comes after the influx of military in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta region

- The NPP government has explained that the sudden influx of soldiers in the Ketu South Municipality is purposely to prevent neighbouring Togolese from crossing over into Ghana to take part in the Electoral Commission’s upcoming voter registration exercise

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Former president, Jerry John Rawlings, has condemned the presence of military personnel in the Volta and Oti regions ahead of the voter registration exercise.

The exercise is expected to start on 30 June, however, residents in the two regions have expressed concerns about the ubiquitous nature of military operations in most of the border towns.

Former president, John Mahama, has also expressed solidarity with the regions he termed are under “military siege” ahead of the voter’s registration exercise.

Rawlings questions essence of military deployment in Volta, Oti regions

Former president, J.J Rawlings. Source: YEN.com.gh.
Source: UGC

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In a statement, the NDC flagbearer said the development is akin to declaring war on residents of those areas. He said it is part of a grand scheme to disenfranchise some Ghanaians in the upcoming polls.

Speaking on the development, Rawlings said the deployment of the military is creating so much suspicion.

He added: “The Covid-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.”

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Akufo-Addo has announced an extension of the incentives package which health workers are enjoying by an additional three months.

This announcement by the president goes to say that frontline health workers will not pay any taxes for July, August, and September.

The president made this known in his 13th address to the nation on enhanced measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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