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Politics Sun, 28 Sep 2008

A clean voters' register necessary for peaceful elections-Dery

Ho, Sept 28, GNA - Mr Benard Dery, Volta Regional Police Commander, on Saturday said a clean voters' register was vital for peaceful elections in December.

He called on Ghanaians to assist the Electoral Commission (EC) to remove all ineligible voters from the register during verification and validation of names in the register.

Mr Dery was briefing a European Union (EU) fact-finding team on role of the security agencies in Election 2008 and the structure and work of the election security committees, at a meeting of representatives of political parties, security agencies, the EC, the media and EU, in Ho.

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He called for the removal of names of minors, aliens and those who registered more than once from the electoral register to ensure smooth voting.

Mr Modestus Ahiable, Volta Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), said the party was working for peaceful elections but alleged that its opponents were planning mischief to gain advantage during the elections. He also said the NDC was not comfortable with the certain happenings in the region that suggest police bias against the party. Mr Yaagy Akuriba, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Regional Crime Officer, called on politicians to avoid accusations and to educate their followers on the need for peaceful elections and asked "Everybody is crying wolf, who is the wolf?" The EU team would hold separate talks with officials of the EC in the region and other stakeholders.

Source: GNA
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