8:05, 22.Aug 2018
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, has asked the police to arrest all persons who fired gunshots at the La-Bawaleshie Presby JHS polling station on Thursday, 31 January 2019 during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
Some macho men in NSC-branded t-shirts who are suspected to be members of a vigilante group attacked some voters at the polling station and fired gunshots in the air shortly after voting started.
Accra100.5FM’s Fred Alvis Agbenyo, who was at the polling station to cover the event, reported that the macho men, numbering about 200, got furious when some voters started taking pictures of them and videoing them.
According to Fred Agbenyo, the macho men destroyed polling station Basic One and carried the ballot boxes away.
An NDC polling agent, Victus Avevor, who claimed he witnessed the incident, told our reporter that the gun-wielding macho men are members of the Invincible Forces of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr Avevor added: “The people who did that are in the national security uniform but they are not security people.”
Also, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuye, a former mayor of Accra and current MP for Ablekuma South, who was at the polling station earlier, told Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM that: “I was in the area to monitor what was going on there. Nothing untoward happened while I was there but after I left, I got the report that there was some confusion and gunshots going on there.”
“I cannot confirm that because I wasn’t there when it happened. This is just elections, the guns must come down so that everyone will feel confident to go and vote.”
Speaking on this development in an interview with Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, Mrs Mensa said: “This is a regular by-election that must be conducted in a civil, peaceful environment. This is not normal and we are thankful that the police have brought this under control.
“They should go a step further to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book. This won’t scare Ghanaians from voting because Ghanaians have come of age.”
She added: “They should bring them to book irrespective of where they belong.”