The Member of Parliament for Adaklu in the Volta region, Kwame Agbodza, has expressed serious reservations about the inclusion of his constituency in the list of flash points published by the Electoral Commission.
The chairperson of the EC at a recent function identified 81 constituencies nationwide, including the Ho Central, Adaklu, Hohoe and Nkwanta South in the Volta region as potential trouble spots in the 2016 general elections.
This, however, did not go down well with the Adaklu MP, as he questioned the EC’s criteria for the labeling.
According to Mr. Agbodza, his area has no history of electoral violence to necessitate its inclusion on such a list and challenged the Election Management Body to come clear on the criteria used to arrive at the list.
“I am very surprised to see my constituency on the list put out by the EC as flash points. Since I became an MP or even as a candidate, I don’t remember any situation which need the attention of the police or even the EC to the extent of earmarking Adaklu as conflict-prone area.
“As I sit here, I don’t know the criteria for identifying a flash point, but if it is about physical confrontations and snatching of ballot boxes, nothing as such has ever happened in Adaklu. So the EC should help us with the definition of a flash point,” Mr. Agbodza told Ho-based Global FM on Wednesday.