This was when the NPP Chairman and members of the party’s regional monitory team confronted the armed police and military patrol team over an allegation of an attempt by the security personnel to relocate the registration center to the Republic of Togo.
Narrating his ordeal at the hands of the security personnel in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle in Ho, Mr. Amewu said about 9: 30am Saturday, agents of the party informed him about the EC’s decision to move the registration center from Mitsrikasa to an unknown location. He continued that, he quickly called the Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Selormey Adukpo Dogbey, to find out what was going on, but he was not satisfied with the explanation he (the EC Director) gave him.
Therefore, he and some members of the party’s regional monitory team went to Mitsrikasa to ascertain the truth of the matter, however, on their arrival, the agents told them that a police and military patrol team came to the center in a police vehicle with the registration number GP 3983, took away the registration machines and drove towards the republic of Togo with the EC registration officers.
Mr. Amewu said on hearing the information, he and his team decided to chase the police vehicle, stressing that they drove for over seven kilometers before they met the police vehicle on its way to Togo. They managed to overtake it and brought it back to the Mitsrikasa registration center. Continuing, he said he questioned them why they were moving the equipment and the EC officers to a destination which did not form part of the movement plan initially agreed upon by the political parties and the Commission.
The NPP Chair posited that upon further questioning, a senior police officer, Superintendent Hlormenu told him that the team was detailed from Accra to embark on an operation in the region and would no longer tolerate him, because he (Supt Hlormenu) does not take instructions from political party chairpersons, but the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
According to Mr. Amewu, before he could say Jack, the police officers pounced on his team; first they assaulted one of the members and then directed their fury on him, beating him with the barrel of their guns. Fortunately, they managed to escape and he reported the matter to the police who issued him a police hospital form to go and seek for medical care, he narrated.
Explaining further, Mr. Amewu said he went to the Volta Regional Hospital for medical treatment, after which he was discharged the same day. He, however, revealed that the following day, which is yesterday, he started feeling bodily pains and headache, so he has threatened to take legal action against the police for what they did to him.
But, the Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission has condemned the action of the NPP Chairman, saying the police acted professionally under the circumstances. He confirmed that the NPP Chairman called him on phone to discuss the issue with him, and he explained everything to him, saying he was therefore surprised that Mr. Amewu could take such a position.
He blamed the NPP Regional Chairman for what happened to him, saying interfering in the work of the police should be seen as a major offence and also disagreed with him (Mr. Amewu) for blaming the police.
Mr. Dogbey noted that the NPP Chairman’s argument was invalid because it is the duty of the EC, under CI 91 to select the various registration centers and duly inform the political parties to enable them assign their agents there, which they did.
Mr. Dogbey, however, stressed that after the incident, he instructed his registration supervisors to continue the process at Mitsrikasa instead of moving to the next registration center. Meanwhile, all efforts to speak to the Police on the issue proved futile as the cell phone numbers of the Deputy Volta Regional Police Commander did not go through.
Source: Samuel Agbewode || The Chronicle, Ho