The Ashanti Regional Security Council (RCC) has banned the use of motorbikes within a 100-metre radius of voters registration centers in the region.
The move by the council has been necessitated by infractions at registration centres during the ongoing limited registration exercise. A special force made up of the police and military is to be stationed at vantage points to deal with recalcitrant and over zealous party supporters who may want to take the law into their hands.
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The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr John Alexander Ackon, told a press conference in Kumasi on Tuesday that the police were to prevent party supporters from invading the inner perimeters of the registration centres and to ensure that only accredited people were allowed into the centers.
The special force is to operate under the Ashanti Regional Police Command. Mr Ackon said as a result of the unnecessary massing up of party supporters, party agents felt insecure and thereby called ‘their men’ for protection, leading to chaotic scenes.
This follows last week’s pockets of infractions among the two main political parties, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party.