Akufo-Addo Discloses Number of Military Personnel deployed to each Region along the Borders
The president debunked allegations pertaining military deployment in the border region
Heated discussions have been sparked over the deployment of some military personnel along the borders of Ghana.
The Opposition have alleged that, the Akufo-Addo government is trying to intimidate residents at these border areas – believed to be the stronghold of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)– to prevent them participating from the voters’ registration exercise.
In response, President Akufo-Addo said, the deployment was to protect Ghana from potential terrorist attacks and enforce border closure directive in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Minority also said the comparatively “huge” number of military personnel deployed to the Volta Region in particular raises concerns on the government’s true motives, knowing NDC’s Political monopoly in the area.
The president then, in an address to the nation on Monday, June 29, 2020, revealed the number of military personnel sent to areas along the country’s borders;
Upper East -207
Northern Region – 110
North-East – 102
Volta Region – 98
Oti Region – 72
Upper West Borders – 69
Bono Region – 64
Savannah Region -21
Western Region – 14
Akufo-Addo assured that these military deployment are not in any away to meddle with the voter registration exercise nor intimidate citizens from registering
“Let me state, without any form of equivocation, that these deployments are not in any way intended to intimidate or prevent eligible Ghanaians from registering to vote in December. They are there for their express purpose, which is to guard our borders. That is the limit of their remit, and they will not be permitted to stray beyond that remit,” he said.