Abdul Rahaman Alhassan, 25 has been sentenced to a year’s imprisonment with hard labour by the Tamale circuit court presided over by Appiah William Twumasi.
He has been convicted for stealing a ballot box in Nanton during the NDC presidential and parliamentary primaries.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, who spoke to Daily Guide, said Abdul Rahaman Alhassan pleaded guilty to the offence.
According to ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, "this should serve as a deterrent to those who are thinking of snatching ballot boxes during the 2016 general elections that when they are picked, irrespective of the political parties they belong to, they will be dealt with severely."
According to the Northern Regional police spokesman, two persons were seen on a motorbike coming towards the polling station, oblivious of the fact that the soldiers were following them.
Abdul Rahaman Alhassan jumped down from the motorbike and snatched a ballot box, but his accomplice, thinking his comrade-in-crime had sat on the motorbike, sped off, leaving him on the ground.
He tried running away but was arrested by the security personnel and sent to the Tamale Police Station for interrogation.
The ballot box was sent back to the polling station for voting to continue.
Sources said Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, pleaded for the then suspect and suggested that they send him to the chief's palace instead of being kept at the police station.