02.04.2004 Regional News

Court jails farmer for double registration

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Mankranso (Ash), April 1, GNA-The Mankranso Magistrate court on Tuesday sentenced a 25-year-old farmer at Tuntuma in the Atwima district to 12 months imprisonment for double registration. Sulemana Abdulai pleaded guilty.

Police Chief Inspector Carl Michael Adjeng told the court that on March 16, during the registration exercise, the accused registered at Banahenekrom in the Ahafo Ano South district. He said the accused, who registered with the name Abdulai Issah, was challenged and therefore he was not issued with a registration slip.

Chief Inspector Adjeng said at Banahenekrom, the accused refused to have his thumb marked with the indelible ink and then went to Tuntuma his village and registered there again with his real name Sulemana Abdulai. He said a citizen of the village who detected the offence notified the District Electoral Officer who reported to the Mankranso police and the accused was arreste.

At the same court, a 72-year-old trader was remanded in police custody for double registration. Salifu Zakari, pleaded not guilty and will re-appear on April 6. Police Chief Inspector Carl Michael Adjeng told the court that on March 23, the accused registered at Adugyama Roman Catholic primary school registration centre.

Prosecution said six days later, he registered again at the Aburaso registration centre where some citizens identified him as having already registered so the district electoral officer was notified. Inspector Adjeng said the Electoral Officer then reported the case to the Mankranso police and he was arrested.

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