Bono REGSEC makes significant headway to maintain peace at Banda constituency

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The Bono Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in collaboration with regional chapter of the Ghana Journalists Associations (GJA) on Friday stated that a significant headway has been made towards maintaining peace and stability in the Banda District of the Region in the on-going new Voter’s registration exercise in the area.

This followed an emergency meeting of the REGSEC, held at the residency in Sunyani on Thursday July 30, 2020, and chaired by Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, the Bono Regional Minister and Chair of the Regional Security Council.

At the meeting, Ahmed Ibrahim, incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Banda Constituency, and Joe Danquah, the New Patriotic Party’s Parliamentary Candidate (PC) for the constituency signed a peace pact to promote absolute peace in the constituency.

AGREEMENT  

“We, the undersigned have agreed today, July 30, 2020, that we shall see to maintain peace in the Banda District during the remaining days of the voter’s registration exercise and after, until the end of the 2020 General Election in December 2020”, says the agreement, jointly witnessed by Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, and Siaka Stevens, the Deputy Regional Minister.

RECOMMENDATION

The REGSEC will give the necessary security to Banda Constituency and the entire Region, before, during and after the December 7 Elections. The REGSEC and Electoral Commission and other key stakeholders should meet the chiefs to map out the boundaries of Banda.

The Two Parliamentary Candidates (Ahmed Ibrahim (MP) and Joe Danquah) should stop busing the people to the polling stations. if indeed the people are ordinary residents, they should go there by their own volition to register.

Political Parties should educate their agents at the polling stations to fill challenge forms when they doubt the citizenship or residency of some people.

That no physical violence should be used in preventing people from registering.

That the two Parliamentary Candidates (PCs) should pledge their support to ensure peace in the constituency by signing the peace agreement offered by the REGSEC.

BACKGROUND

The on-going Electoral Commission’s new voter’s registration exercise in the Banda constituency has been characterised by political tensions and violence.

Recently, a chaotic confrontation erupted between supporters of the NPP and NDC at a registration centre in the constituency and turned bloody which left one person dead.

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