Gov't sets up committee to investigate Ayawaso by-election violence

Gov't sets up committee to investigate Ayawaso by-election violence

The government has set up a committee to investigate the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

In a statement signed by Eugene Arhin, Head of Communications at the Presidency, the commission has been tasked to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances leading to the incident.

The commission is also to identify any person responsible for or who was involved in the events, associated violence and injuries.

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In all, four specific objectives were assigned to the commission which will be chaired by Justice Emile Short.

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, there was a shooting incident at the La-Bawaleshie polling station during the Ayawaso by-election.

About eight people got injured as a result of attacks on them by unknown masked men.

The incident drew a lot of attention and criticism with many Ghanaians claiming the incident has caused a lot of panic and fear.

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Even though the opposition NDC pulled out of the race with reasons that those attacked were their members, the Electoral Commission went on to declare the winner.

Lydia Alhassan, widow of the late MP for Ayawaso after the polls won the election with over 68% of total votes cast.

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Lydia Alhassan was officially inaugurated in parliament as the new Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon.

In protest of the inauguration, minority MPs in Parliament protested with placards that had the inscription "bloody widow".

NPP MPs in parliament and some section of Ghanaians slammed the minority MPs for protesting in a manner they described as irresponsible.

In response, Ras Mubarak, one of the minority MPs has defended their action towards the newly elected MP.

Meanwhile the MP elect, Lydia Alhassan has visited the victims to show her solidarity for the incident that occurred.

Even though she has visited the victims, some Ghanaians have slammed her for doing so.

Since the incident has drawn a lot of criticism for government as well, vice president, Mahamadu Bawumia who is currently performing duties as the president has set up the commission of inquiry.

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