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NCCE condemns Bawaleshie shooting, Police to investigate

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BY: Daily Graphic
NCCE condemns Bawaleshie shooting, Police to investigate
NCCE condemns Bawaleshie shooting, Police to investigate

The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, has condemned reports of violent attacks and shootings at the by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in Accra.

The Commission said it was appalled by the development at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election and cautioned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to respect the voting rights of citizens.

A press statement signed and issued by the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Operations, Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, said the NCCE had consistently campaigned against the operations of political party thugs in Ghana.

“The Commission’s earlier pronouncements on the dangers these illegal entities pose to our democracy cannot be overemphasised.

Regrettably the NCCE has observed the growing trend of acts of violence that are becoming a brand of our by-elections and calls for immediate action to nip the menace in the bud,” the statement said.

NPP, NDC blamed

According to the NCCE, it was unfortunate that political parties, especially the NPP and the NDC, had continually disowned existing political thugs but those groups continued to provide them services that hitherto, ought to be provided by the traditional security institutions.

“The NCCE vehemently voices its displeasure and wishes to state that whether these groups owe allegiance to the NPP or the NDC, political party vigilantes must not be allowed any space to operate in our democracy,” it stressed.

The Commission also reiterated and reminded political parties and political actors that party thugs pose a serious threat to the country’s democracy and the earlier their operations were nipped in the bud, the better for the country.

“As a country, we must be worried that these developments are dangerous signs ahead of the 2020 general election. The NPP and NDC cannot hold this country to ransom, intimidating voters and citizens with their political party hoodlums during election seasons for their parochial interest.

We call for calm among voters and citizens at large and urge the security agencies to perform their duties in maintaining law and order without any fear or favour,” the statement added.

The NCCE, therefore, called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the National Security to fully investigate the violence that happened at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency and the perpetrators made to face the full rigours of the law.

The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, has condemned reports of violent attacks and shootings at the by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in Accra.

The Commission said it was appalled by the development at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election and cautioned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to respect the voting rights of citizens.

A press statement signed and issued by the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Operations, Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, said the NCCE had consistently campaigned against the operations of political party thugs in Ghana.

“The Commission’s earlier pronouncements on the dangers these illegal entities pose to our democracy cannot be overemphasised.

Regrettably the NCCE has observed the growing trend of acts of violence that are becoming a brand of our by-elections and calls for immediate action to nip the menace in the bud,” the statement said.

NPP, NDC blamed

According to the NCCE, it was unfortunate that political parties, especially the NPP and the NDC, had continually disowned existing political thugs but those groups continued to provide them services that hitherto, ought to be provided by the traditional security institutions.

“The NCCE vehemently voices its displeasure and wishes to state that whether these groups owe allegiance to the NPP or the NDC, political party vigilantes must not be allowed any space to operate in our democracy,” it stressed.

The Commission also reiterated and reminded political parties and political actors that party thugs pose a serious threat to the country’s democracy and the earlier their operations were nipped in the bud, the better for the country.

“As a country, we must be worried that these developments are dangerous signs ahead of the 2020 general election. The NPP and NDC cannot hold this country to ransom, intimidating voters and citizens with their political party hoodlums during election seasons for their parochial interest.

We call for calm among voters and citizens at large and urge the security agencies to perform their duties in maintaining law and order without any fear or favour,” the statement added.

The NCCE, therefore, called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the National Security to fully investigate the violence that happened at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency and the perpetrators made to face the full rigours of the law.

Police assurance

Meanwhile, the Police Service has stated that its attention has been drawn to a shooting incident at Bawaleshie in the course of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election leading to the injury of six persons, saying there is no record of death from the incident.

A statement signed and issued by Superintendent of Police, Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, Director of Public Affairs said calm had been restored to the area and the six injured persons were responding to treatment at the Legon Hospital and 37 Military Hospital.

“Further, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the Director-General / Criminal Investigation Department to speed up investigation into the incident,” it said.

The statement further urged the general public, especially residents of the constituency, to remain calm and go about their duties freely without fear as more police officers have been deployed to ensure law and order.

Meanwhile, the Police Service has stated that its attention has been drawn to a shooting incident at Bawaleshie in the course of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election leading to the injury of six persons, saying there is no record of death from the incident.

A statement signed and issued by Superintendent of Police, Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, Director of Public Affairs said calm had been restored to the area and the six injured persons were responding to treatment at the Legon Hospital and 37 Military Hospital.

“Further, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the Director-General / Criminal Investigation Department to speed up investigation into the incident,” it said.

The statement further urged the general public, especially residents of the constituency, to remain calm and go about their duties freely without fear as more police officers have been deployed to ensure law and order.