Franklin Cudjoe describes commission on Ayawaso election as "concert"

Franklin Cudjoe describes commission on Ayawaso election as "concert"

President of social and political think-tank IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has stated that he does not expect any significant impact from the work of the Emile Short Commission.

Cudjoe, on a news analysis show on Citi FM on Saturday, February 16, 2019, described the commission’s probe of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence as a concert.

He is quoted as saying: “What we saw, what we’ve heard so far is one grand concert and there is a lot more because, at the end of the day, we are just going to be discussing this matter."

Central to his concerns is the fact that the findings of the commission will not result in any prosecution.

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Already, proceedings in the commission have highlighted lapses in security protocol and the lack of coordination between security agencies.

DSP George Lysander Asare, the East Legon District Police Commander, for example, noted that the scene of the confusion was not properly processed as a crime scene and evidence mishandled.

According to DSP Asare, “the bigger issue we are dealing with is political vigilantism” and that at the moment, “we are running away from our own shadows.”

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Meanwhile, 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.

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