- President Akufo-Addo has described the Ayawaso by-election violence as regrettable
- He has ordered the police to find and deal with the culprits
- The president assured the public that the police were investigating the matter and would soon take action
President Akufo-Addo has heavily condemned the violence which rocked the Ayawaso by-election on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
The president has described the situation as “regrettable” adding that the culprits would not be spared.
In a statement sighted by YEN.com.gh on social media, Akufo-Addo said the police were looking into the matter, and once they were done, those guilty would be punished.
“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,” the president stressed.
He further congratulated the newly elected Member of Parliament for the constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, who won the poll despite the confusion and violence.
The NDC had not participated in the election because they withdrew from it following complaints on insecurity and intimidation against members of the party.
The by-election was rocked with violence, when some men clad in black T-shirts stormed a polling station in the Ayawaso Wuogon Constituency to beat up some voters.
Earlier reports have it that many people including NDC MP, Sam George, were beaten up mercilessly.
There were also reports that some two people died following gunshots fired into the back of their head, into their stomach, legs and ribs.
Meanwhile, former president John Mahama has warned that the NDC was a more violent party and could match the NPP “boot for boot”.
His comments have been condemned by a section of Ghanaians with the Peace Council calling on him to apologise.
Below is the full statement from President Akufo-Addo:
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO CONGRATULATES LYDIA SEYRAM ALHASSAN, MP-ELECT FOR AYAWASO WEST WUOGON
"I congratulate Lydia Seyram Alhassan on her emphatic victory in Thursday’s by-election, in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency. The electorate in the constituency has made an excellent choice, and I am confident she will serve their interests in Parliament with distinction.
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.
It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people. Our policy, as espoused by the founding father of our political tradition, is “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen,” and that is what my Government is doing.
I commend the Electoral Commission for the professionalism it displayed in conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible election, despite the isolated challenge it faced.
The Ghanaian people have, again, demonstrated to the world their deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law. Ghana’s democracy is robust, and will only grow from strength to strength."
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic
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