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Peace restored after violent clashes at Ayawaso by-elections

botchway February 4, 2019

 

By Maxwell Obiri-Yeboah           .

After a brutal clash during the Ayawaso Wuogon Constituency by-elections, which led to the death of one person and several others being injured, heavy security has been deployed to the area to restore peace.

About four hours into the by-election, certain figures who were in police shirts and vests were seen shooting live bullets at the La Bawaleshie Presby polling station, which is part of the constituency.

Witnesses confirmed that the armed men fired live bullets at the polling station, and also attacked some persons who were said to be opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) agents.

Though the police intervened as the attacks continued, the gunshots left one man dead, with several others injured. The victims were rushed to the Legon and 37 Military hospitals.

Shortly after the incident, the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, came out to announce the party had withdrawn “from the elections for security reasons.”

He went on to say that “armed security men besieged our candidate (Delali Kwesi Brempong’s) home, and we can no longer guarantee the security of our people and our polling agents.”

The Electoral Commission officers, who later spoke with The Chronicle, confirmed that heavy security was deployed to the area and peace was restored shortly after the violence.

Though their personnel, machinery and all were in order, there was a very low turnout after the incident.

Speaking to the Eastern Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Jeff Konadu Addo, he confirmed that the NDC had predicted the outcome of the elections and wanted to disrupt the process. “I do not know their strategy for pulling out, but for whatever reason, it was intentional, because they know defeat is staring so much their face.”

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