19 October 2012

Ghana: Machomen Disrupt Transfer of Votes Exercise

Kenyasi — Reports reaching The Chronicle indicate that four persons, including a woman, have been injured after some unidentified "Machomen" stormed the Asutifi District Electoral Office at Kenyasi to prevent some prospective voters from transferring their votes to the area.

According to the Reports, the machomen, numbering about 10 were in a Mahindra pick-up truck branded in NDC party colours, with registration number GT7303-12.

But for the timely intervention of police reinforcement, the injury situation could have been more, because the only policeman detailed at the District Electoral office was unable to control the men. When contacted, the District electoral officer, Mr. Baton Ibrahim indicated that the day has been very busy for the district office because it was the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination forms, whilst people have been transferring their votes.

He could not give detailed account about the incident, but indicated that the police were able to control the situation.

The Asutifi District Commander could not be reached due to an emergency meeting he was having with the Regional Crime Officer over the loss of three children at Kenyasi.

The children were reported missing on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, but at the time of filing this story, two of them had been found in the bush, whilst the police were on an expedition, and searching for the remaining child.

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