Tight security as CID questions Bernard Mornah

Bernard Mornah and some executives of his group

Security has been tightened at the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service as Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) appears before the department.

Mr Bernard Mornah is being questioned by the CID for allegedly passing comments against the country’s Electoral Commission (EC) over the controversial new voters’ registration exercise.

Images from the CID Headquarters widely shared on social media showed Mr Mornah being accompanied by top executives of the National Democratic Congress.

Mornah has insisted he stands by his words.

“What have I said wrong? Just cautioning the EC regarding how they are handling the decision to compile a new register is a crime? For me, I stand by what I said and I will not be timid and will resist any attempt to shut me up,” Accra-based Starr FM quoted him.

Clad in red and black attire members of the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voter Register (IPRAN), of which Mr Mornah leads, were also at the CID Headquarters to show solidarity.

Placard-wielding followers of Mr Mornah indicated their resolve to resist the EC’s decision to compile the new voter roll. Some read: “The EC must listen”, “Enough of your Dictatorship,” “Stop Manipulating the EC,” among others.

Heavily armed police officers were spotted at vantage points to protect lives and property.

“When we are not in normal times you don’t expect normal things… all of us will stay here and we will continue chanting and singing. Nobody will stop us from speaking our mind,” said Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor as he led the crowd to chant.

Political parties and CSOs in Ghana are sharply divided over plans by the EC to compile a new voter roll.

Already some individuals have been questioned by the CID for making some comments which many say could cause chaos ahead of the country’s general elections.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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