The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Akamba, has justified former president John Mahama’s call for citizens to fiercely protect ballot boxes and stop any attempt to disrupt polls on Election Day.
According to Mr. Akamba, the call is necessary to ensure the transparency and sanctity of the election.
“We want to have a free and fair election devoid of intimidation. We are not going there with guns like the NPP vigilantes will carry. We are just going there to be citizen police. We will defend and protect the ballot boxes, we will help the EC protect the boxes… if they don’t need it, we’ll employ ourselves,” he said.
He said the party had reasonable grounds to believe that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will attempt to use vigilante groups to disrupt the polls.
“We have been on the grounds and we have seen the kind of things the vigilantes from the NPP will always do to frustrate members of the general public and so we have decided that the people in the communities protect ballot boxes… In many such occasions, you hear the EC say they haven’t seen anything.”