By-election violence: NDC alters its stance on the Short commission

By-election violence: NDC alters its stance on the Short commission

- The NDC has commended the Short commission for its work in relation to the violence at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election

- NDC's chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, stated that the party is gradually enjoying the work of the commission

- This contrasts the NDC's earlier position on the commission, which was delivered in a statement released by its general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has praised the Short commission tasked with investigating reports of violence that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

The action of the party is in contrast with its earlier position, as it had earlier raised objections about the commission.

According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, the national chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, stated that the party is gradually warming up to the commission’s work.

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Members of the commission pose for a photo with Vice president Bawumia Source: Supplied
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“At the end of the day, whatever the commission is doing, I think, will be useful for the country and from the processes, we think they are doing a good job. We have realized that they are doing some good work,” Ofosu Ampofo said.

YEN.com.gh understands that the NDC earlier vowed not to recognize the commission’s work because of President Akufo-Addo’s comments about the by-election.

The president is reported to have stated that the violence that marred the by-election was an isolated incident.

"The position of the NDC is very simple; this Emile Short Commission is a non-starter on the basis of its composition, obvious political colouring, and the president’s own track record," the NDC said in a statement, signed by its general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

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It added that there is no way that the commission of the president’s favourites will come to any conclusions that contradict his prior statements.

The NDC went ahead to say that it intends to seek justice for its party members who were attacked at La Bawaleshie in Accra.

About six people sustained injuries when armed people stormed a polling station at La Bawaleshie during the by-election.

It is not clear what prompted the firing of the guns, but the police have also launched its investigation into the incident.

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