Registration Violence Can Lead Ghana Into Chaos – Manhyia MP

A member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh is predicting what he terms a catastrophic situation for Ghana should the violence which has characterized the ongoing biometric registration exercise continue unabated. Dr. Opoku-Prempeh who is also the Member of Parliament for Manhyia in the Ashanti Region took a swipe at leaders of political parties for doing little to curb the violence being recorded at the biometric registration centers across the country. Dr. Opoku-Prempeh said though the Electoral Commission has done creditably well with the ongoing exercise, a chunk of the challenges being faced are politically induced. “The ongoing violence has never been experienced in this country and political parties are not innocent of the ongoing violence and if care is not taken, the situation can lead Ghana into catastrophe”, he lamented. He condemned the situation where it is impossible for people to vote anywhere except where they reside, a position the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia who was on the show disagreed with. For him, “the causes of violence have to be studied in order to defuse their escalation before the Election Day. The violence being witnessed is nothing new”. The NDC scribe said the violence is as a result of the inadequacy of challenge forms as well as legal means of challenging. The two politicians took each other’s party on, accusing it of fomenting trouble at the registration centers. While Dr. Opoku-Prempeh cited several reasons to justify the NPP’s call for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police, the NDC General Secretary said the NPP’s demand is misplaced.