Nana Akufo Addo and the EC must observe free, fair elections – Hon. Alhassan

Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga North and Deputy Ranking member for Interior Committe, Hon. Mumuni Alhassan has urged the Chairman of the National Security Council, President Nana Akufo Addo to be fair, impartial, courageous and to ensure that security agencies in this country work with ‘free-hands’ during December 2020 elections.

Therefore the President must ensure free and fair general elections: “Ghanaians must have free; fair and transparent polls come December 2020”.

Hon. Alhassan also called on government and its agencies to wake-up to the challenge of ensuring that people who breech the law of this country are dealt with to the latter, because if people cause crime and they are treated with soft cloves, it turns to be a motivation on which others also do same or similar crimes.

According to Hon. Alhassan, he has “seen acts and condycts of a number of security agencies since the start of the registration of the new voter exercise; which suggest that, they are being pushed by high authorities, hence act in fear”.

The lawmaker made these remarks in an exclusive interview with the online news portal www.thenewindependent in an exclusive on government agencies to wake-up to the call of dealing with crime and its perpetrators accordingly as laws of the country demands.

The Lawmaker accordingly made reference to a crime that happened sometime back in kumasi, (thus a group of young men who attacked a magistrate during court hearing: of which he (Hon. Alhassan) disclosed that has since not been sent to court, but still with the police”).

“If such issues are not dealt with appropriately, it may lead citizens not to have trust in the Electral Commission and it’s staff” the Lawmaker lamented.

The MP speaking on another tangent with regards to a question he posed to the Minister of Roads and Highways during plenary which seeks to know the steps the Ministry is taking to construct Jidantura-Chanayili- Epunayirima road.

“He as well sought to know when work on Kpalbe- Nyeshila road will resume and be completed”.

The Miniter for Raods and Highways in response to the questions on the floor of Parliament said Jidantura -Chanayili- Epunayirima road is 15.26km long.

“It is an earth surfaced road located in the North East Gonjah district”.
Ethe Minister noted that engineering design studies would be conducted on the road in the third (3rd) quater of 2020 to determine the appropriate upgrading intervention.

“Thereafter, the works will be considered under the 20th budget of the Ministry of Roads and Highways”.

Hon. Alhassan gave reasons why he asked the Minister these questions, which he explained need another follow up to get the total assurance that the roads would be constructed.

“I must see to the start and progress in construction of these roads, which are just a few” especially, the following need urgent attention, Vogyiri Bauim-Kpanshegu-Yapala stretch and that of Dabogse-Buhijar Roads” Hon. Alhassan stressed.

According to Hon. Alhassan, most roads in his constituency are in deplorable state, which mostly prevent farmers from transporting farm produces to the various market places.

“Pregnant women lack access to hospital because of lack of motorable roads to visit social amenities”.

“There are other roads that have been abundant that need to be attend to some Communities can’t access any of the community in the region”.

Source: Delali Gavor/ Parliament

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