President Akufo Addo has condemned the violence that characterized yesterday’s by-elections at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
According to the President, “The isolated incident of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, was unfortunate and regrettable, and I condemn it in no uncertain terms. A by-election should be a peaceful and happy event, no matter how competitive. The Police is committed to conducting a rapid inquiry into the matter, and I expect all persons who are found culpable, at the end of the process, to face the full rigours of the law”.
Reports of attacks on innocent citizens by some alleged national security operatives, particularly on persons who are believed to be sympathizers of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) nearly brought the process to a halt.
About seven persons were reported to have suffered from gunshot wounds with others beating with sticks and other pain inflicting objects.
The National Peace Council, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have all condemned the act in no uncertain terms.
The Chairman of the Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, in an interview on Accra-based Class FM said: “It is the right of citizens to choose who to represent them in parliament, and it is for that reason that in a democratic era, we conduct elections and citizens have the right to go and select the person they want to select and nobody should intimidate them, and nobody should try to resist people from doing what they need to do.