Former National Security Co-ordinator and current Director of Operation of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Lt Col (Rtd) Larry Gbevelo Lartey, has warned that Ghanaians would deal severely with any gang of hoodlums that would mess up at Polling Stations in attempt to snatch ballot boxes during the elections.
According to him, an election is a lawful process of electing leaders but if any hoodlums or militants dare to mess up with the Will of the people of Ghana would be severely dealt with. He said the NDC is fully aware that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is doing everything within their powers to rig the elections and that such rigging plans would be resisted at the peril of their lives. “The NDC insists that the will of the people must prevail at the end of the ballot and we are confidence of the elections and we are not going to do anything and we expect same from the other side”.
Lt. Col. Rtd Gbevlo Lartey made this statement at a news conference in Accra on Sunday, December 6, 2020. The former security capo stressed that the NDC would not downplay any piece of information on social media and that the party would be vigilant but “will use all legitimate means to resist any attempt to steal the election”. “We have instructed our agents to be very vigilant and to make sure that nobody steals the election. We are ready to defend the ballots even at the peril of our lives. nobody will steal this election’.
While recounting the incident of Ayawaso West Woguon by-election in January 2019, Lt Col Gbevelo-Lartey said the NDC is committed to peace during the elections as was reiterated in the peace meeting political parties held with the Security agencies, stating that, “we in the NDC are going to make sure we defend and protect its right and the right of its members as contained in the 1992 constitution”. He also called on all NDC Agents to be vigilant from the time of election declaration at the polling station and the transportation of the results to the collation centre, emphasizing, “Every NDC must endeavour to capture the results and screenshot and send to us. We urge polling agents and supporters to be present in the transportation of the results to the collation centre.” Gbevlo-Lartey further called on all former NDC government appointees to go back to the regions and constituencies to support the agents for vigilance work.
A former National Security advisor under late former President Jerry John Rawlings regime, who also addressed the press added that the NDC would monitor everything in the media and on social media take up the evidence to ensure that things are done democratically. A deputy general secretary, Patrick Boamah Otorkunor said the EC was yet to confirm what kind of pink sheets would be used in the general elections. The worse of all, he added the EC is using Stamp pad for the elections instead of the normal indelible ink that have been used for years elections.
Source: wadataonline.com/Muhammed Faisal Mustapha