Acts of election violence will be punished - Interior minister

Acts of election violence will be punished - Interior minister

- The Interior Minister has warned of bringing perpetrators of election violence to justice

- Scattered cases of post-election violence at Techiman South informed his warning

- Former President Mahama has still not accepted the election result

Interior minister, Ambrose Dery has reemphasized his earlier position of dealing ruthlessly with person or persons found culpably in electoral violence during the December polls.

Citing the case of the Techiman South and other places where people have lost their lives, he said investigation is ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime. He said he is being instructed by President Akufo-Addo to ensure that the rule of law works with regards to the fundamental rights of all persons concerned.

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Acts of election violence will be punished - Interior minister
Interior minister, Ambrose Dery (File Photo)
Source: UGC

The defeat of John Mahama in the recently held election has sparked pockets of protests by NDC supporters across the country and parts of the world.

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Recently, some Ghanaians in Washington DC have protested the election results. Hoisting placards which read “We Voted Mahama”, these staunch supporters of the former president demand a revocation of the 2020 election results.

So far, John Dramani Mahama has called for an independent audit of all the Pink Sheets from the various polling stations in the country. He recently told observers from the Electoral Commission that he will gladly concede defeat should the audit be done.

The opposition NDC has also dared the electoral commission to make public, copies of pink sheets of the official declaration of results for Techiman South Constituency.

The NDC is insisting it won the parliamentary race in the constituency where 2 people were shot dead during the polls.

The minority leader Haruna Iddrisu says all attempts to get the commission furnish the party with the declaration sheets have proven futile. He alleges the commission’s failure to produce the declared results is an indication the commission manipulated figures to favor of the governing NPP.

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Meanwhile, Paramount Chief of the Techiman Traditional Area in the Bono East Region, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw, has condemned the shooting incident that led to the death of two people in the area during the just ended elections. He observed under no circumstance should innocent citizens be shot-dead in the manner it occurred in Techiman.

Election results declared by the Returning Officer to the President – Jean Mensa – confirms that John Mahama was unable to garner 50 plus one votes. The results show that John Mahama polled 6,214,889 while Nana Addo polled 6,730,413 votes.

The opposition NDC has fiercely rejected the results of the election. John Mahama has described it as flawed and rigged. Party supporters have also picketed at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission on various occasions against the results.

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Political scientists at the Department of Political Science of the University of Ghana argue that forming a parallel government is unconstitutional. Such acts can even trigger treasonable offences.

The Managing news editor of the crusading guide newspaper says that the results of presidential and parliamentary elections have been gazette. He believes it will only take a judgment from the Supreme Court to reverse the results of the elections.

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Speaking on Joy News, the political commentator condemned John Mahama for not accepting the elections results. He wonders why the very EC results he accepted in the 206 elections is now being contested in 2020.

The international community has hailed Ghana for the peaceful elections. A special convoy from the European Union (EU), also described the elections as generally peaceful.

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Nii Ayi Ayitey Nii Ayi Ayitey, aka Charles Ayitey, is an experienced journalist who covered Current Affairs news for from 2015-2021. He also worked for such companies as Multimedia Group Limited, Scooper, and Face2Face Africa. Nii Ayi Ayitey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (2015). Currently, he's studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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