May 22, 2019

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Oti Region confusion: EC personnel chased out of Akpafu-Odomi

Oti Region confusion: EC personnel chased out of Akpafu-Odomi File photo

The people Akpafu-Odomi, a community within the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region, have no intention of joining the Oti Region though they have been earmarked to be part of the new region.

The community denied the Electoral Commission (EC) the opportunity to exhibit its voters’ register in the area.

The District Director of the Electoral Commission, Kwabena Kankam, told Citi News the EC had to withdraw its men after they were threatened.

The Assembly Member for Akpafu-Odomi, John Kwame Obimpe, confirmed that the community did indeed chase away the EC personnel.

He explained to citinewsroom.com that the chiefs have never been in favour of joining the new region if it meant being separated from the Hohoe municipality.

“We are not ready to be cut off from Hohoe. We want to be where Hohoe is. So if Hohoe will move to Oti, we the Akpafu and Lolobi will be ready to move Oti. Without Hohoe, we are not ready to join any region or any district.”

Mr. Obimpe stressed that his people will “again sack them [EC personnel]” if they attempt to continue with the exhibition.

The community also vowed not to even engage with the Justice Brobbey Commission during the consultations.

“The Akpafu Chiefs met and said we did not petition so we are not going [to any of the engagements] so nobody should go and represent us anywhere,” Mr. Obimpe revealed.

On the way forward, he said if their attempts to get the Presidency’s attention fail, they will resort to the courts.

“When they went to the EC in Accra, they said they should book to go and see the president himself; so that is the next step… if all means fail then the final one, we will go to court for the court place an injunction.”

‘Southern Volta should’ve been consulted on Oti Region’

These tensions come as the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, insists that processes for the creation of new regions were not exhaustive enough.

He said not enough dissenting views were heard by the commission.

“A full inquiry, I believe would involve talking to even those who are against the process, but [the Commission] limited all the public hearings to the very areas where they said they had received petitions from,” Togbe Afede also said.

The chief’s recent comments follow petitions he received from the chiefs of Lolobi and Akpafu in the Volta Region who have sworn never to join the new Oti Region.

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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