Kumasi: NPP supporters demonstrate against EC's 'discrimination'

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 Source: Joy Online

Supporters of the opposition NPP are to hit the streets of the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi Tuesday morning to protest the alleged discrimination against residents of the Ashanti region by the Electoral Commission in the just ended general elections.

The party alleges that whilst voters in the region were subjected to the strict use of voter verification machines, voting in other parts of the country went ahead when their verification machines broke down.

The party has drafted a petition to be submitted to the Electoral Commission at the end of the protest.

Ashanti regional chairman of the NPP Fredrick Fredua Antoh told Joy News the planned protest march does not contradict the party's stance on the outcome of the December 7 polls.

He added that protest against the discrimination of residents of Ashanti region is long over due since the practice is becoming a norm. The Ashanti region NPP Chairman assured that the protest would be violence-free.

The Labour and Suame Roundabouts will serve as starting points for the two pronged demonstration which will end at the Ashanti regional office of the electoral commission.

Luv FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah who is monitoring this morning’s march reports that supporters of the party have started filing in for the peaceful protest.

The Police in Ashanti region however say they are determined to make sure the march is conducted in an orderly manner.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, ASP Mohammed Tankoh measures have been put in place to ensure the march passes off without any hitches.

Source: Joy Online
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