The demand for accountability over election related deaths and injuries by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken a significant turn as the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) initiates action - takes up the matter with the security heads.
The police had confirmed that the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections recorded 21 incidents of violence, six of which involved gun shots, resulting in the death of five persons.
These violent incidents happened in the Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region, Odododiodio and Ablekuma Central Constituencies in the Greater Accra Region and Savelugu in the Northern Region.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu-Addo ran for re-election against for President John Dramani Mahama and 10 other candidates.
Two NDC Members of Parliament (MPs) - Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (North Tongu) and his Ellembelle counterpart, Emmanuel Arma Kofi Buah, have petitioned the commission for human rights and administrative justice to investigate the matter and they are asking for disciplinary action and criminal prosecution of any erring soldiers and police officers found responsible for the election deaths and injuries.
They want the commission to thoroughly investigate the conduct of the security officers.
They are additionally, demanding that CHRAJ should identify the roles played by the Minister of Defense and the Interior Minister in terms of the instructions and orders they gave, the leadership or the lack of it to prevent or stop the lethal force employed by the soldiers and police officers.
CHRAJ has acted on the petition- the Commissioner, Joseph Whittal has written to the Ministry of Defense, the Interior Ministry, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for their response to the petition.
This is in accordance with CHRAJ’s investigation procedure and in pursuant to the commission’s powers of investigation.
The NDC has accused the government of credentials that they say are undemocratic - using the military to sway the results of the election.
Former President Mahama filed an election petition with the Supreme Court asking the court to order a re-run of the presidential election with himself and President Nana Akufu-Addo as the only candidates but the Apex Court threw out the petition because it was found to have no substance.
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