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Volta: 90% Of Security Officers Deployed Are Akans; Communication Issues Causing Avoidable Tensions — ASEPA

Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) says 90% of the security officers who were deployed to the Volta Region ahead of the voter registration exercise are bearing Akan name-tags.

ASEPA noted that the issue is creating enmity between the Ewe speaking residents and the Akan speaking people in the Region.

In a statement signed by the Executive Director of ASEPA, Richard Thompson, the situation is creating avoidable tension in the Region due to the language barrier.

"On our recent trip to the Volta Region to assess the true extent of the Security Deployments in the Region, We had observed that about 90% of Security Officers recently deployed to Volta Region just ahead of the Voters Registration Exercise were officers bearing Akan name-tags. This is creating a number of communication challenges between residents and the officers and that has generated the avoidable tension in the Region," he intimated.

The opposition NDC accused government of deploying the military men to its strongholds along the border towns to intimidate members of the communities from coming out in their numbers to register for the voter ID card.

Read full statement:

90% OF SECURITY OFFICERS RECENTLY DEPLOYED TO VOLTA REGION ARE OFFICERS WEARING AKAN NAME TAGS-ASEPA

On our recent trip to the Volta Region to assess the true extent of the Security Deployments in the Region, We had observed that about 90% of Security Officers recently deployed to Volta Region just ahead of the Voters Registration Exercise were officers bearing Akan name-tags.

This is creating a number of communication challenges between residents and the officers and that has generated the avoidable tension in the Region.

Apart from that it is creating enmity between residents and Akan Speaking people due to the standoffs between traditional residents of the border towns and these "Akan-Akan Speaking" Officers.

The tension generated in the border towns can also be cited for the brewing tension in the Capital Ho, the Traditional Authorities are extremely angry about how their people are treated by the Officers.

We also observed that there is a possibility of retaliatory attacks of the officers are NOT withdrawn or pushed further away from the inland towns to the borders itself.

Mensah Thompson

Executive Director, ASEPA

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Cc.

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