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UNDP condemns Wuogon by-election violence

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has condemned the violence that were seen in Thursday’s by-election in the capital, Accra .

A statement released by the UNDP on Friday cautioned that the “brazen acts of violence” undermine Ghana’s democracy.

“We call on all to avoid violence and the use of inflammatory language that could further increase tensions.

“Ghana as a pillar of stability in the sub-region, must not become complacent,”the UNDP statement said.

Violent attacks

At least six people sustained gunshot wounds when some unknown gunmen invaded the Bawleshie residence of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Kwasi Delali Berempong in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on Thursday morning.

Some of the victims are said to have sustained injuries at the neck, arm and back.

Following the incident, the NDC withdrew its candidate contesting the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, saying it cannot participate in an election synonymous to a war zone.

Police have launched investigations into the shooting incident.

Photo: One of the injured as a result of the shooting.

Read UNDP’s reaction to the violence in the press statement below.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been following the ongoing bye-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, with keen interest, as this is a further illustration of the democratic process that is imbedded in Ghana.

However, our attention has been drawn to media reports of violence and a shooting incidence by unidentified armed men at the La Bawalashie Presby JHS polling station during the bye-election, leading to the injury of at least six people.

We strongly condemn such impunity and brazen acts of violence which undermine Ghana’s hard-earned democracy and peace. Ghana as a pillar of stability in the subregion, must not become complacent. We call on all to avoid violence and the use of inflammatory language that could further increase tensions.

Signed

Ms Gita Welch Resident Representative (a.i)

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