8 December 2012

Ghana: Five Nabbed Over Double Registration

The Election Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) in the Eastern Region arrested four people for double registration during last Friday's polls.

All the four were exposed by the Biometric Verification Device (BVD) when they attempted to vote at different polling stations across the region.

At Korle Nkwanta Anglican Primary School Polling Station in the New Juaben South Constituency, Simon Kwaku Addo, 50, had two pictures popping up when he placed his finger on the BVD and when the police interrogated him, he confessed as having also registered at Kade and was handed over to the task force.

Joseph Koranteng, also known as Kofi Koranteng, 52, also had his two pictures popping up when he placed his finger on the BVD at Effiduase Methodist JHS Polling Station and when confronted, he confessed to also registering at the Koforidua Zongo Clinic Polling Station.

Addo and Koranteng are currently being held at the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters for further investigations.

Esther Odame and Emmanuel Kwame Twum were also arrested for double registration when they attempted to vote at Gyankrom Polling Station, near Nsawam and were being held at the Nsawam Police Division Headquarters of the Police Service for further investigations and prosecution.

At Akyem Awisa L/A Primary School and JHS Polling Station, Alex Asante, 45, was arrested for double registration and when he was searched, two voter ID cards were found on him. The two cards bore his pictures but one card bore the name, Eric Adom, 44.

The suspect was arrested and detained at the Akyem Swedru Police Headquarters for further investigation and prosecution.

The spokesperson for the Eastern Region Election Security Task Force, Assistant Superintendent of Police Yaw Nketia-Yeboah expressed the appreciation of the Task Force to the youth of Eastern Region for comporting themselves and supporting the peace initiative.

He said there were a lot of allegations of ballot box snatching and people involved in various election offences but when the task force investigated they all proved to be false.

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