The mass registration exercise currently being carried out by the National Identification Authority (NHIA) turned chaotic at one of the Centres at Jema, capital of the Kintampo South District, when the Member of Parliament for the area stormed the centre with some NDC constituency executives and macho-men to rudely disrupt the exercise, forcing the NIA officials to halt the exercise in Jema.
Felicia Adjei, the NDC MP in the company of her constituency chairman and secretary as well as some macho-men stormed the Jema Methodist Primary registration centre last Saturday at about 11:24am and suddenly begun accusing the personnel of making “the system too slow” and also registering only NPP members.
The legislator, who first introduced herself as part of the committee in parliament responsible for the exercise, engaged the NIA officials in verbal exchanges which led to the unfortunate incident.
“At about 11:24 am, I saw a V-8 vehicle coming toward the registration centre. When it reached the centre, the MP and about six persons came out of the vehicle. Initially, I thought she had even come to give us something as an MP. She first asked one of the officers why our system was too slow”, an NIA official at the scene of the incident told our reporter on condition of anonymity.
“It was explained to her that it was not the case that the system was too slow but rather the long procedure that one needed to follow was rather the challenge. The MP was not satisfied with the explanation and started murmuring and so the officer asked her to talk to the Supervising Registration Officer (SRO), who is responsible for the centre”, he continued.
“Then one of the macho-men who came with the MP queried the officer for how he spoke with the MP. Suddenly, one of the macho-men hit one of our Card Verification Officers (CVO).
“It appears to me that it was carefully planned just to cause commotion and disrupt our work because we have not recorded any such incident here ever since we started.
“I am an NDC member, my sister even holds an executive position in the NDC but the truth is that it is never true that we are only registering NPP members because we don’t ask anyone his/her party affiliation before taking him/her through the process. In fact, the MP didn’t do well at all. She has disgraced us”
Surprisingly the MP stood aloof while her boys were insulting and assaulting the NIA officials. “She stood right there looking unconcerned when the NDC constituency executives and the other guys she came here with were subjecting us to various verbal and physical abuses”, he added.
Two other NIA officials told our reporter that “the incident really happened and after that, the exercise was halted.”
An official complaint was lodged with the Police but no arrest had been made at the time of filing this report.
The MP, when reached by the Police for her comments, said it was not her “intention” to cause any confusion at the centre.
When contacted, the Police confirmed the incident but said investigations were on-going.
Meanwhile, another known NDC activist at Apesika near Kintampo is also reported to have caused mayhem at the NIA registration centre in the town.
NIA officials in the area are therefore calling on the Police to beef-up security at the various registration centres to avert such incidences and to ensure smooth registration exercise.