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Ghana Deploys Military In The Volatile Volta Region Ahead Of Election

Soldiers stand guard after security forces broke up a protest over rumors of alleged vote counting irregularities, as voting continued for an unplanned second day in Accra, Ghana, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Police fired water cannons and tear gas on hundreds of opposition party supporters who were protesting outside a house where they suspected ballots from the presidential and parliamentary election were being counted by a private company. Electoral commission spokesman Christian Owusu-Parry said the accusations were unfounded. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)

 

Ghana army has been deployed to the Volta region in preparation for the presidential election on December 7.

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The Volta region is mainly seen as the opposition stronghold. Local leaders have cried foul lamenting that this will lead to fear and intimidation to the local voters.

 

The Volta Regional House of Chiefs together with the opposition NDC is now calling on government to withdraw the military from the region.

 

The Ghanaian government deployed military after the September violence by the secessionists from the western Togoland.

 

The latter, who demand the creation of an independent state between Ghana and Togo, then set up roadblocks, attacked police stations and kidnapped members of the security forces.

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