The National Youth Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress is unhappy at the spate of violence at some biometric registration centres and has called for peace.
Ludwik Hlordze told Luv FM’s Elton John Brobbey that leaders of political parties must talk to their agents to allow peace to prevail.
He was reacting to reports of violence at Asokwa, Kumasi, where some polling agents were said to have been beaten up on Thursday by some unidentified persons. They were ‘accused’ of challenging the nationalities of some individuals who had gone to register.
On Friday policemen were dispatched to the various polling centres to ensure peace in the constituency during the process.
Brobbey said there is relative calm at the centres with the visible presence of the police and other law enforcement agencies.
The Youth Organiser of the NDC was also present in the constituency assessing the progress of the exercise.
Hlordze in an interview said:“I am disappointed about the way things are going on in the Asokwa constituency where thugs are just moving in a car, stop at a polling station and start beating anybody they meet at the polling station.”
“My worry is that people come there and then the agents can just get up and say that we are not comfortable with this person. They sack them; they organize people to come and beat people who are in the queue to register just because they don’t like their faces or they don’t speak a particular language,” he alleged.
He said there are rules and regulations and people must be ready to use the challenge forms if it is the case they suspect the nationality or age of the person about to register.
“The thuggery must stop. The beating must stop. Let the political parties talk to their agents. Let people stop organizing people just to beat people at the polling station. It is not helping the exercise at all,” he said.
The opposition New Patriotic Party is however yet to officially react to the acts of violence in the region considered a stronghold for the party.
Brobbey reported the party is gathering facts and may address the press over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission is impressed with the progress of work so far, even though it is disappointed with the pockets of violence at some centres.