A Nigerian, Isaiah China, 31 years of age, has been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour for trying to register as a voter in the ongoing voters’ registration in Ghana.
In the sentencing at the Kaneshie District Court, the 31 years old tailor from the Eastern part of Nigeria pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to register in the exercise, which is contrary to Section 24 (a) of CI. Election Regulation 1995 and was convicted on his plea.
Baba Jamal, his counsel, in pleading for mitigation, told the court, presided over by Madam Rosemond Dodoa Agyiri, that his client was deceived to go to the registration centre.
The counsel said Chima’s plea of guilty showed he was remorseful, adding that the court should temper justice with mercy.
Baba Jamal also prayed the court for mercy and clemency, Ghanaweb reports.
Police Sergeant Apaweh Achana told the court that Mr Kingsley Twum Agyapong, the complainant, is a businessman and a resident at Dansoman-Karikari. In contrast, Chima lived at Dansoman-Dominion, all suburbs of Accra.
He said on Monday, July 27, 2020, at about 0930 hours, Chima, together with Pascaline Nyadroh and Joshua Payin, went to the Swag Club House Dansoman Registration Centre to register in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.
The prosecution said Pascaline and Payin filled the guarantor’s form to enable Chima to register, saying during the registration, Chima gave his name as Kofi Isaiah.
Sergeant Achana said in the course of answering questions, the registration officer became suspicious of Chima’s accent. When the guarantors were confronted, they rushed to their car and drove off, leaving Chima.
He was then arrested. After that, he admitted the offence in his caution statement in the presence of an independent witness.
Sergeant Achana said Chima told the police that he was from Abia State in Nigeria and that it was Pascaline and Payin that asked him to go and register.