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President Akufo-Addo condemns Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence

Source:savannanews24.com:

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned in no uncertain terms the violence that nearly mars Thursday’s by-election at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

Violence erupted at the La Bawaleshie Presby School polling centre that left several people injured including a gunshot wound. The Ningo-Prampram MP, Samuel George was also assaulted by masked men in police vehicles.

President Akufo-Addo in a statement said “The isolated incident of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, was unfortunate and regrettable, and I condemn it in no uncertain terms.”

“A by-election should be a peaceful and happy event, no matter how competitive. The Police is committed to conducting a rapid inquiry into the matter, and I expect all persons who are found culpable, at the end of the process, to face the full rigours of the law,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo congratulated the newly-elected MP Lydia Alhassan who won the polls by a staggering 68.95 percent. “I congratulate Lydia Seyram Alhassan on her emphatic victory in Thursday’s by-election, in the constituency. The electorate in the constituency has made an excellent choice, and I am confident she will serve their interests in Parliament with distinction”.

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO CONGRATULATES LYDIA SEYRAM ALHASSAN, MP-ELECT FOR AYAWASO WEST WUOGON

The isolated incident of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, was unfortunate and regrettable, and I condemn it in no uncertain terms. A by-election should be a peaceful and happy event, no matter how competitive. The Police is committed to conducting a rapid inquiry into the matter, and I expect all persons who are found culpable, at the end of the process, to face the full rigours of the law.

It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people. Our policy, as espoused by the founding father of our political tradition, is “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen”, and that is what my Government is doing.

The Ghanaian people have, again, demonstrated to the world their deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law. Ghana’s democracy is robust, and will only grow from strength to strength.

Signed,

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Source:savannanews24.com

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