“Let me state, without any form of equivocation, that these deployments are not in any way intended to intimidate or prevent eligible Ghanaians from registering to vote in December. They are there for their express purpose, which is to guard our borders. That is the limit of their remit, and they will not be permitted to stray beyond that remit.”
These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 29th June, 2020, in an address to the nation ahead of the commencement of the voter registration exercise on Tuesday, 30th June 2020.
According to President Akufo-Addo, it is crucial that both the registration exercise and the electoral process itself be conducted in an atmosphere of peace and security, devoid of intimidation and violence.
Having been assured by the security agencies of their determination to carry out their duties without fear or favour, the President indicated that he had been encouraged by the recent reassurance by the Inspector General of Police that Police will be even-handed in their response to issues.
“The longstanding deployment of security personnel, especially the military, along our borders is another dimension of this process of guaranteeing the peace of the nation. Fellow Ghanaians, it is no secret that our neighbour to the north, Burkina Faso, has, in recent times, been at the receiving end of a number of terrorist attacks, as has another neighbour, Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.
To shore up our borders against such attacks, and to defend our nation’s territorial integrity, President Akufo-Addo stressed that the Armed Forces have been very proactive in engaging in operations to secure the country’s borders, and foil any potential terror attacks on Ghanaian soil.