Accra based Joy News has uncovered a plan by Upper West Regional Coordinating Council and its Regional Security Liaison Office to recruit and train activists of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2020 elections.
The activists, who will be called “Election Security Team”, are expected to, among other things guard ballot boxes during the elections.
This is contained in a leaked letter supposedly addressed to the NPP Constituency Chairman in the Upper West region signed by Regional Security Liaison Officer, Capt. Simon Ansu Tengabo (Rtd).
The letter was also copied to the NPP Regional Chairman, Upper West Region, the Regional Minister, Alhassaan Suleman and all Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Upper West region.
In the letter, Capt. Tengabo said, “Grateful you submit a list of suitable security oriented party members for training as Election Security Team to closely monitor the 2020 elections starting from the re-opening of the voters register through to the actual elections and up to the declaration of results.”
The list, according to the Regional Liaison Officer must include a leader of the party in the region and 10 others.
“After their training/orientation, the teams will in turn select and also train polling station Elections Security Team to cover all polling stations in your area”.
“Please carefully select and submit your District/Municipal list to the Regional Security Liaison Officer, Regional Coordinating Council, Wa, Upper West region.”
Specific telephone numbers were included in the letter and the list was expected by February 2019.
This revelation comes barely 24 hours after government sponsored a two-day national security stakeholders’ forum to deliberate on ending political vigilantism following the violence at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
A Joy News reporter posed as one of the constituency chairmen and called Capt. Tengabo about the list of party activists he wants selected and the purpose of the letter.
He said in the telephone conversation that the team is needed so that in the event that some people want to disrupt the voting process and the police is incapable of handling the situation, they will intervene.
“Don’t bring weak people that when you shout at them they run away, they should be courageous people,” Capt. Tengabo stressed.