The Asutifi South District in the Ahafo Region is to have a well-drafted road-map plan to end elections violence which has put fear and panic in the residents anytime elections approach.
The said decision was made when the district held a Peace Dialogue and Stakeholders Consultative Meeting at the district capital, Hwidiem with the Ahafo Regional Minister, Asutifib South District Chief Executive, Security Services, Member of Parliament, New Patriotic Party Parliamentary Candidate, Traditional Leaders, Clergy, Moslem Leaders, Regional Peace Council Executives, Politicians at Regional and Constituency levels and the Media in attendance.
The Ahafo Regional Minister who is also the Chairman of the Regional Security Council(REGSEC), Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie and the District Chief Executive(DCE) who also doubles as the Chairman for the District Security Council(DISEC), Robert Dwomoh Mensah, said they are been proactive on the issue of elections violence have been with them for years painting a bad image of the district and the region at large to the world and also letting people get all forms of deformities.
According to the two (2) in an exclusive interview with Kingdomfmonline.com, elections violence ought not to be entertained by politicians in the district because aside people attacked experiencing deformities, deaths and fear and panic, development becomes impossible.
To them, the district which young per its creation status needs development facilitated by politicians to improve residents living conditions so once elections violence set-in the dream of development can not be achieved.
The Regional Minister and the DCE said now stakeholders are able to know the actual causes of elections violence in the district after the MP for the constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate made their presentations on the issue giving the stakeholders and those behind the drafting of the road-map fair idea on what to do to end the violence.
“We will ensure that all stakeholders especially the leaders of NPP and NDC adhere to the content and directives of the road-map to ensure sanity” Ahafo Regional Minister, Evans Opoku Bobie and Asutifi South DCE, Robert Dwomoh Mensah said.
The MP for Asutifi South Constituency, Hon. Alhaji Collins Dauda revealed that the main cause of violence in the district is how the NPP buses people from other regions to come register which will assist the party to earn huge figures during general elections.
He said if the road-map addresses it there will be no violence in the district.
“Our party will respect and go by the directives of the road-map” he said.
The NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Asutifi South, Yaw Owusu Brempong who applauded the DCE for organising such a meeting also pledged to comply with the headway of the road-map when it is officially outdoor.
He explained that all forms of elections violence in the district are originated by the NDC so once the road-map clearly gives directives the menace would be curbed.
The President of Hwidiem Traditional Council, Osuodumgya Barima Apea-Dwaah Boafo II who chaired the meeting narrated that the chiefs in the traditional council are solidly behind the road-map to curb elections violence which is gradually giving the district bad name across the globe.
He pleaded with his colleagues and top politicians not to interfere with the police when they make arrest related to elections violence to deter others.
He said they will do all they can to make elections free from violence.
From the security services especially the police advised the people of Ahafo Region to stay away from any form of election violence henceforth because the caliber of police personnel currently in the region will deal with any person who flouts the laws to promote sanity in the region especially at places prone to violence.
According to the Regional Peace Council, the road-map would be communicated to stakeholders in no time.
From Sammy Asare, Ahafo Hwidiem.