Right after comments by the largest opposition candidates, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP calling on Togo citizens to desist from voting in the Ghana Elections, the police Chief has stated that Ghanaians in Togo should be allowed to vote.
According to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, security personnel along Ghana’s borders must not frustrate Ghanaians living in Togo and try to stop them from crossing over to vote in the 7 December polls.
The IGP was addressing journalists during a day’s visit to the Volta Region, which is known to be the stronghold of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He said, "I don’t think the Togolese have any mandate to come and vote here, but you know the long-standing history between the Volta Region and Togo. All that we are saying is that any Ghanaian is free to stay anywhere and work. So, if you are even living outside the African continent and you are duly registered and your papers are ready, you can fly in, nobody can stop you at the airport. In the same wise, if you find yourself in a country within our borders, I don’t think anybody should be prevented."
"The security agency would ensure that everybody who is supposed to vote or who is to have easy access to and from the country across the borders [is] … allowed to vote. If you have any problem with anybody, it should be at the polling station; to see that he is not duly registered, he is coming to be an impostor or unlawfully voting."
The IGP's comments follow Nana Akufo-Addo's passionate appeal to Togolese to "support Ghana" by staying away from the elections.
The NPP have always been wary of voters being imported from Togo to partake in Ghana's elections. In the suit that followed the 2012 elections, one of the main issues was that Togolese had bene allowed to vote for John Dramani Mahama.
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