Ghana not closing borders over Togo elections

Government of Ghana has denied reports in sections of the media that its border with Togo at Aflao has been closed ahead of the latter’s election scheduled for Saturday April 25.

In a statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Edward Omane Boamah, government indicated that “the reports are completely untrue as no such action has been taken.”

Government further “assured the general public that there are no threats to the security of Ghana emanating from Togo due to the impending elections which would warrant closure of our side border… Ghana’s position is without prejudice to whatever security decisions the Republic of Togo will take ahead of tomorrow’s elections.”

The statement was in reaction to speculations in the media that Ghana had closed its boarders at Aflao to prevent people from Togo who may feel threatened by the elections and want to flee into Ghana.

The reports also indicated that Ghana’s borders were closed to prevent unscrupulous persons with ill motives from entering Ghana’s territory.

TOGO ELECTIONSWho are the main candidates?

• Faure Gnassingbe Eyadema (Union for the Republic)

Faure Gnassingbe, 48, has been in power since his father Gnassingbe Eyadema died in office in 2005 after ruling Togo with an iron fist for 38 years.

His campaign has been stressing Togo’s recent respectable economic record, as well as his government’s extensive infrastructure projects, especially road construction.

• Jean-Pierre Fabre (Combat for Political Leadership Change in 2015)

An economics graduate and former newspaper editor, Jean-Pierre Fabre started his political career in the opposition movement against Gnassingbe Eyadema, and unsuccessfully stood against Faure Gnassingbe in 2010.

Campaigning at the head of a coalition of opposition parties, he has promised to end what he calls officials’ impunity, corruption and disregard for the law, and to use the proceeds of economic growth to reduce widespread unemployment and fund improved public services.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana



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