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06.12.2004 General News

Immigration official says crossings at Aflao border are normal

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Aflao, Dec 06, GNA - Miss Elizabeth Baffoe, the Comptroller of Immigration Service at the Aflao Border, has said movement of people in and out of the country through the Aflao border on election eve has not be unusual "for this time of the year".

"It is the usual hustle and bustle of traders from Accra and locals going in and out of the country, many of who are shopping for the coming yuletide," she told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Aflao. Miss Baffoe said there was a contingency plan to continually monitor movements in to the country on Election Day on Tuesday.

She said immigration officers would be detailed to the pillars to prevent people from using unauthorized routes into the country and warned those caught will be prosecuted.

Aflao, Denu and their environs that form part of the Ketu-South Constituency were calm with hardly any hints about the elections in the streets apart from a few people who donned Party T-shirts. Mr. Baba Moro, Assistant superintendent of Police in charge of Crime in Aflao, told the GNA that political tension had been ebbing for the past five days.

He said as at 1700 hours on Monday the Aflao Police had not recorded any election related crime adding that the Police did not foresee any major threat to peaceful elections in the area.

Mr Augustine Toryiya, Deputy Superintended in charge of Dzodze District, said the "situation is absolutely calm" in the Ketu-North constituency and expressed the hope that it would remain throughout the elections.

He said 30 more security personnel were needed to make up the number to cover all the polling stations in the constituency, which had experienced turbulent campaigning as a result of rivalry between the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party.

Mr. David Dotsey, a Returning Officer for the Ketu-South Constituency said vehicles were being mobilized to begin dispatching materials to the two Ketu constituencies.

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