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30.03.2012 Politics

Macho Men Not Recognised As Peace Keepers During Polls - EC

By Joseph Kyei-Boateng - Daily Graphic
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The Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Samuel Tettey, has stated that macho men are not recognised by the commission as peace keepers for general elections.

He has, therefore, cautioned emerging machomen associations to stay away from the country’s electoral processes to prevent confusion and chaos.

Mr Tettey gave the warning at a programme dubbed “Praise For Peace Concert” organised in collaboration with the Electoral Commission and the Ashanti Regional Police Command at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

The programme brought together seasoned gospel artistes who used their songs to emphasise the importance of peace and tolerance in this year’s general election.

Mr Tettey said only the constitutionally mandated security agencies would be allowed to keep peace in all the electoral processes.

He used the occasion to explain the importance of the biometric voter registration exercise.

He said the old method of registering voters did not have in-built mechanism for detecting multiple registrations.

“The biometric technology will, therefore, make the detection and removal of multiple registrations from the system possible,” he added.

The organiser of the programme, Owusu Agyemang, said violence in any democracy could seriously undermine national peace while disputes over election results could lead to post-election controversies.

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