Three persons have been arrested by the police command in the Bono Region in connection with the clash between some supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), at Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West District that resulted in the death of one person.
The arrested persons are Ali Musah, 33; Ibrahim Acquah, 33; and Amos Aning, 38.
The deceased, Kofi Larbeth, 36, who was pronounced dead at the Dormaa-Ahenkro Presbyterian Hospital, was injured in the clash together with two others, Kwame Gutan, 33; and Elliasu Gabriel, 45.
A pickup and motorbike were set ablaze in the skirmishes.
It is unclear what started the confusion that led to a violent clash during the Electoral Commission’s mop-up registration exercise.
Meanwhile, the NDC in the District has denied ever busing Ivorians to registration centres there.
The party’s Dormaa West Communication Officer, Stephen Sarfo, told Nana Ama Agyarko on Accra100.5FM’s mid-day news on Monday, 10 August 2020 that the allegation was a fabrication by the NPP.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana, over the weekend, said it would not shield any of its staff found to have taken part in the alleged registration of some 66 Ivorians in the Bono Region.
In a statement, the EC said: “Our initial investigation reveals that the said registration occurred in Banda Kabrono in the Bono Region”.
“As a Commission determined to compile a register, which reflects eligible Ghanaians only, we take this matter very seriously”, the election management body said, adding: “The Commission has launched a full-scale investigation into the matter and will not shield any staff (permanent or temporary) found to have been involved in the alleged illegal registration of foreign nationals”.
The Bono Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, popularly known as Abronye, accused the NDC’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia of masterminding the registration of the Ivorians and called for his arrest.
According to Mr Sarfo, however, “It can never be true that NDC bused Ivorians into Bono to register”.
“Where were we going to bus the Ivorians from? What is the registration number of the bus and from which Ivorian town? In fact, the whole of that day, they couldn’t register more than 35 people”.
“It’s not true that we bused Ivorians into the country to register. They had planned to batter our supporters already. It was all part of their plan”, Mr Sarfo insisted.