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CDS, IGP warn... we'll deal ruthlessly with trouble makers

 With 16 days to Ghana’s 2016 general elections, the news media was dominated by a mixed bag of story headlines ranging from campaign promises by the various presidential candidates and the assurance by the Security agencies to ensure violence free elections.

The Ghanaian Times with the headline “CDS, IGP warn… we’ll deal ruthlessly with trouble makers”. According to the story the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Michael Samson-Oje, has warned that the security agencies will deal ruthlessly with any person or group of people who will attempt to foment trouble before the general elections. He warned that ‘’the security agencies would not sit down for the country to be destroyed for the sake of people seeking political power’’. ‘’As security personnel, we have seen a number of countries that have been devastated as a result of people seeking political power’’, he said, and stated that they would not allow that to happen in Ghana.

Daily Graphic also has its headlinePeace Council calls for harmony among political parties, expresses worry over clashes between NDC and NPP”. The paper reports that the chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), the Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, has underscored the need for peace and harmony among supporters of political parties ahead of the December 7 general election. The Most Rev. Prof Asante, a former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, said the emerging clashes between the two leading parties, the NDC and NPP, did not auger well for a democratic country such as Ghana.  

 

Akufo-Addo condemns Mahama’s tribal politics” is a headline in the New Statesman. According to the story the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has bemoaned the politics of tribalism and ethnicity being waged by President John Mahama in his campaign in the north, with 16 days to the conduct of the December 7 elections. According to Nana Akufo-Addo, for want of campaign message to the people of the north, and his inability to defend his 8-year record in office, evidenced in the scandals that had rocked the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), president Mahama is embarking on a divisive and tribal-based campaign.

 

The New Crusading Guide with the caption “NDC World Bank goes bankrupt as Nana Ado wins hearts of Voltarians” States that the Volta region which has been the electoral World Bank for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) since 1992, has now become a more fertile ground for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Nana Akufo-Addo to make significant impact in the coming elections. Nana Akufo-Addo, flag bearer of the NPP has made significant appeal to the people of the Volta Region who are poised to vote against the NDC in the coming elections since according to them, they have been taken for granted by the Mahama-led administration.

 

Daily Guide with the headlinePolice, EC in secret deal over special voting”. The paper reports that there appears to be some behind-the-scene moves between the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Ghana Police Service to introduce more names into the already compiled special voters’ list, raising questions about the commission’s sincerity. The move is likely to cause outrage and further raise doubts about the EC’s neutrality ahead of the December 7 crucial general elections since the political parties are said not to be aware of the situation.

 

We conclude today’s newspaper review with the headline in TodayI pity northerners calling for change’’. According to the story President  John Dramani Mahama  says  he feels sad  for  Northerners  who  are calling for  a  change of government in the  upcoming polls. This is because; he said the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has no regard for Northern. ‘’sometimes  I feel  sad when  I see   some of our Northern  brothers running  around  and also  doing this ( the change  sign),  they  will use  you and  dump  you,’’  Mr.  Mahama told a rally in Lawra in the Upper West region, where he is currently campaigning ahead of the December 7, polls.

 

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