Election 2016 No "serious issues" in Northern Region - Abdallah Abubakar

According to Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani the Northern region has been notorious for violent clashes and now was the time to erase that impression.

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play Northern Regional Minister, Abdallah Abubakari with Interior Minister Prosper Bani (Alice Adu)
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The Interior Minister, Prosper Bani, has met security capos in the Northern region for a security assessment of the region ahead of the December 7th elections.

He met the regional heads of the Ghana Police Service, the Prisons Service, the Immigration Service, the Fire Service and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).

The minister also used the opportunity to call on the Northern Regional Minister, Abdallah Abubakari and the regional election security task force.

Briefing the minister in his office in Tamale on Monday, Abubakar said the region has been relatively peaceful over the past six months adding that everything possible would be done to safeguard the peace of the area before, during and after the elections.

He said this was because of the vigilance of the regional Security Council with support from the metropolitan Municipal and District Security Councils across the regions.

“The region is calm except the anxiety of the elections, I don’t think we have serious issues to worry about," he stressed.

The people he noted have largely assisted the security in the region with information flow resulting in a stable Northern region over the period.

The security operatives were aware of 81 flashpoints and would beef-up security within those areas to avoid clashes which could possibly occur during the polls, he added.

Touching on chieftaincy disputes in the region, Abubakari mentioned Yendi and Damango as having substantive issues but assured that laid down procedures would be followed to address the impasse.

play Interior Minister Prosper Bani in the Northern Region (Alice Adu )

At separate meetings with the security heads, however, Minister Bani said they have a duty to ensure the polls were peaceful in the area.

According to him, the Northern region has been notorious for violent clashes and now was the time to erase that impression.

He assured of government’s commitment to a free, fair and transparent elections which would be accepted by all the parties involved urging his men to be professional in the discharge of their duties to avoid tagging.

On their part, the regional security heads pledged of their readiness to police the elections in order to consolidate the peace of the country.

They complained of the logistical constraints and appealed to the government to furnish them with such logistics for effective and efficient policing.

The tour is expected to continue with a call on the Catholic Bishops Conference who are in the region for their annual meeting.

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