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04.11.2008 Regional News

Bawku Security C'tee Ready For Dec. 7

By A.A. Mbord, Bawku -

THE Bawku Municipal Security Committee says it has put in place adequate measures to nip in the bud any attempts to disturb the peace in the December election.

It is equally prepared to ensure that in the event of an outbreak of violence, the situation would be swiftly and decisively dealt with.

Mr Abdulai Abanga, Municipal Chief Executive and chairman of the committee told the Times after a meeting at the weekend that there was no doubt that Bawku was regarded as one of the flashpoints in the country to be watched.

For that reason, security agencies were being put on alert before, during and after the election.

The Bawku traditional area has been embroiled in bloody ethnic clashes for over 10 months, claiming lives and  property.

Four constituencies, made up of Bawku Central, Pusiga, Binduri and Garu-Tempane, are in the Bawku municipality.

Mr Abdulai Abanga commended the Bawku Naba for his untiring effort at defusing ethnic sentiments in the area.

He told residents of the area to note that the victory of any political party should not be a victory of any ethnic group.

Mr Abanga dismissed the assertion gaining grounds that if the NPP was retained in power, it would take away the chieftaincy from the Kusasis and give it to the Mamprusis.

The Chief Executive explained that since coming to power in 2000 the NPP had demonstrated its non-interference  in chieftaincy matters by remaining neutral as enshrined in the 1992 constitution.

He, therefore, called on the electorate to vote for the party that they believe will bring them development and not to vote on ethnic lines.