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Vice President John Mahama has tasked the police and other security personnel at Chereponi to institute stringent measures to ensure a peaceful, violence-free bye election tomorrow.

Stressing that security agencies should be firm and resolute in dealing with all those who might try to foment trouble in the area, the Vice President sternly warned those trying to smuggle in arms and ammunition to cause mayhem, to desist or face the wrath of the law.

Speaking in an interview during his four-day-visit to the Northern Region, Mr Mahama asked that eligible voters should be allowed to go out and cast their ballots without any hindrance. He explained that his visit to the area was to see at first-hand, measures that had been put in place to ensure an incident free bye-election.

The Chereponi seat, which became vacant on the death of the NPP Member of Parliament, Doris Asibi Seidu, is being contested by candidates from the National Democratic Congress, New Patriotic Party, Peoples National Convention, New Vision Party and Democratic Peoples Party.

The Chereponi district, with a voter population of 26,000 and 55 polling stations, comprises three ethnic groups, Konkomba, Nanumba and Chokosi. When the Vice-President and his entourage got to the constituency in the afternoon, supporters of the contending political parties clad in their party T-shirts, were preparing for rallies, amidst chanting of party or candidates slogans in a peaceful manner.

Smart traders, who had traveled from far and wide to the constituency were making brisk business with the sale of the various party paraphernalia.
Source: Ghanaian Times

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