The Electoral Commission has initiated investigations into an alleged registration of some foreigners said to be Ivorians at Banda Kabrono during the mass voter registration exercise last week.
According to a statement issued by the EC [copy attached below] on Saturday, August 8, 2020, its initial investigation has revealed that the said registration occurred at 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 EC’s statement posted on Facebook said.
“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 Commission will use all legal means available to it to ensure that the names of all ineligible persons are removed from Ghana’s voters register,” it added.
The EC called on the security agencies to collaborate with the commission in this regard.
Meanwhile, the commission entreats all well-meaning Ghanaians to report illegal and unauthorised activities of any EC to the commission and the security agencies.
“We assure the general public that we are determined to compile a register that reflects eligible Ghanaians only. We will continue to work to ensure that the 2020 Voters Register bears the hallmark of credibility and integrity.
Alleged foreigners sent to Sunyani
Graphic Online’s correspondent in the Bono Region, Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah reports from Sunyani that officials of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) have arrested 52 foreign nationals who reportedly sneaked into the Banda District to take part in the mass voters registration exercise.
They reportedly registered on August 6, 2020, the last day of the mass exercise at various registration centres in the Banda District.
They were picked up by the security officers on Friday, August 7, 2020 whilst they were trying to return to their base at Tambe in Cote d’Ivoire after obtaining their voters identity cards, reports Adu-Gyamerah.
They were on board a KIA truck with registration number, ER 4612- X and were arrested by the Immigration officers at Drobo in the Jaman North District at about 6.00 am.
They have since been transported to Sunyani to be screened by officials of the GIS.