Ghana sets up commission to probe by-election violence


Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday announced the establishment of the Commission of Enquiry to investigate the by-election violence at La-Bawaleshie, a suburb of capital Accra.

The four-member team has been tasked to make a full, faithful and impartial enquiry into the violence, and establish the facts leading to the events and associated violence during the by-election held on Jan. 31.

Bawumia urged the commission to find a lasting solution to such violence during the election.

The commission pledges that it would undertake its mandate in a “transparent, fair and objective manner,” appealing for the cooperation and support of the public to identify the root causes of electoral violence and give credible and lasting solutions.

Unidentified armed men attacked some voters at a polling station and fired gunshots in the air when voting was underway to choose a replacement for legislator Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko who died in November last year.

The incident, which led to the injury of six people, has been condemned by civil society groups as well as the United Nations Development Programme. Enditem

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