Following reports of violence that plagued the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections held on Thursday, January 31, 2019, a Commission of Inquiry has been formed to investigate the matter.
The commission is headed by Justice Emile Short, a former chairman of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
It is expected to present its report, which will include its findings and recommendations, in a month’s time to President Akufo-Addo.
Ghanaians may very likely take a keen interest in the work of the commission and will expect some issues to be addressed:
1. The facts about the reported violence at the by-election:
Information with respect to violence at polling centres during the by-elections came to the attention of Ghanaians. In that regard, the true facts of all that occurred would be of great interest to Ghanaians.
2. Sanctions on security personnel who abused their powers:
Security men reportedly assaulted some people present at some polling centres. Sam George, an MP, was attacked in the process. Ghanaians will therefore expect that sanctions be applied to the officers involved.
3. Heads to roll at security agencies:
The reports of violence will ultimately fuel a desire to see the heads of some security agencies fall in answer to the actions of their men at the polling stations.
4. Compensation for injured people:
People injured during the by-election would expect some compensation to cater for medical bills et al. This would ultimately help ease the financial burden on those affected as well as their dependants.
5. Assurance of optimum security at future elections:
At the end of it all, Ghanaians will want to be assured that future electoral processes will be free and fair. It will be expected that security matters be handled in a professional manner, so that no one is hurt or killed.
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