In Northern Region Gunmen mar vote transfer exercise

The latest violence comes on the back of a similar incident in Chereponi also in the Northern Region where several people on Tuesday were injured in some clashes between supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the transfer exercise.

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The ongoing Voters' Transfer Exercise at Tamale in the Northern Region has recorded another incident of violence as some assailants allegedly chased away students of the University of Development Studies.

The students were said to have gone to the offices of the EC to have their votes transferred but were intimidated by gun-wielding men who prevented them from undertaking the exercise on Thursday, October 6.

One of the students said she “saw some men in cars coming this way as we queued and waited to be served by the EC officials and all we realised were two men coming towards us with a pinch bar and sticks and shouting, ‘If you value your lives, stay in your university and learn’”.

Another student accused the EC of trying to frustrate them in their attempt to transfer their vote.

"We have been here for the past four days and the EC gives us one excuse or the other. ... The last time, it took them three days to file the nomination of those who were contesting the election. Today we are here again in the morning and the forms are not here and all these things have affected our schedule as students,” the student told Accra-based Joy FM.

It is still not clear who the assailants are but police have been deployed to the area to maintain calm.

The latest violence comes on the back of a similar incident in Chereponi also in the Northern Region where several people on Tuesday were injured in some clashes between supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the transfer exercise.

The incident occurred after the NPP supporters attempted resisting the vote transfer of some NDC members who had been transported to the area.

The NPP supporters argued that they did not understand why the EC failed to transfer the votes of their colleagues with the excuse that they had run out of materials but allegedly went ahead to register the NDC members.

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