The chairperson of Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, has told the Justice Emile Short Commission that there were no armed masked men at the just ended Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
Appearing before the commission on Friday February 15, 2019, the EC chair insisted that reports that emerged from various media houses did not necessarily reflect the true issues on the ground as they happened.
According to her, the reports received by EC personnel present at the polling stations on the said day, point to the fact that there were no abnormalities, masked or armed men at any of the 137 polling stations.
Her submission is obviously contrary to a report carried by YEN.com.gh of the election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.
Mensa told the commsission: “From the reports we have received from our field officers who were monitoring, there were no armed security personnel at any of the 137 polling stations."
“There were no masked men who were wielding arms in any of the 137 polling stations, all our reports that have come in and monitors who have monitored including members of the commission did not identify any masked men at any of the 137 polling stations”.
She also maintained that supposed National security personnel deployed to the grounds were ordinarily clothed and were completely unarmed unlike has been portrayed by the media.
Mrs. Mensa further was definite about observing a peaceful process, void of any chaos during her visit to about 50 polling stations on the day.
Touching on the shooting incident that occurred at the La Bawaleshie area, the EC chair said, the shooting occurred about 140meters away from the polling station and people run to seek cover at the center.
Hence, she did not think it marred the integrity of the elections.
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