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President Akufo-Addo is the First to Constitute a Commission into Electoral Violence - Egyapa Mercer

The Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Lawyer Egyapa Mercer said emphatically that, President Nana Akuffo Addo is the only one that formed a commission of enquiry into an electoral violence. He made this statement (on Am show on Joy) in reaction to the attempt of the minority to prove that they care more than anyone.

According to him, the motion presented by the Minority in Parliament was founded with a mischievous mindset. They pretended as if, electoral violence started only in 2020, and seeking for a probe into it. The impression they wanted to create in the public is not good and must not be taken lightly by the Majority.

In his view, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lead by President Nana Akuffo Addo in government, was the first to set up a commission to probe the violence that happened in an election. They have the track record and must be the ones, to be proposing such motion, and not the National Democratic Congress (NDC). If they want the challenge to be solved ones and for all, the investigation must take place from the previous elections.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) members of parliament, has filed a motion to probe the violence that happened in just ended General elections. They want the issues to be investigated into details and punish the perpetrators. They are seeking justice for the lost souls, which some are minors and even a pregnant woman and student.

The Majority in parliament also filed a private members bill to counter the minority motion, to call the house for further investigations into all elections violence that took place in the 4th republic. The Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo Makin, Former Work and Housing Minister, Atta Kyea, Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh Dompreh and Akuapem South MP Osei Bonsu Amoah are the sponsors of such motion.

FLASHBACK

During the bye-elections held at Ayawaso west, a group of men in mask, dressed in National security uniform with a police car was seen on video tape should innocent voters. Many sustained injuries and other have been arrested unlawfully. The Minster of National Security at the office of the president, Brian Acheampong took responsibility for such actions. He said the group led by Inspector Azugu was to take operation on a gun purported to be hidden in that area to cause mayhem.

After the incident, the president set up a committee to probe further into the actions of the security men. The Emile Short Commission is also to offer recommendations to how the problem will be prevented from happening again. The commission sat down and do their job as directed by the president. Many revelations came out, and the public keenly followed the process.

The recommendations were presented to government and a white paper was issued. The government disagree with some part of the document and adopted the rest. Whether the provided solution is enforced by the government, is a topic for another day. Government presented a vigilante bill which was pass to law, to aid minimize the operations of party hoodlums.

In January this year, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) issued a report on the electoral violence in the 2020 elections. The report revealed that about 8 Ghanaians has lost their lives in all over the country. This happened in Accra, Techiman, Northern side of the country and many other countries.

The one that caught the public attention is the student that died on his way to his hometown to take part in the elections. Also, the viral video on the direct shooting of the soldiers into a crowd of supporters massed up at a coalition centers in the country.

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