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Governance Watch has observed with great disappointment, the events leading to the by-elections at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency that resulted in a key stakeholder in the elections, the National Democratic Congress (NDC)withdrawing from the race in the early hours of Thursday, January 31, 2019.
The signs are worrying as it portends danger and cast doubts on the overall credibility of the by-elections in the constituency.
Ghana, a state ushered into democracy under the 4th republican constitution in 1992, has come a long way to establish itself as a beacon of hope for African democratic institutions. Events of this nature witnessed, creates an environment for political actors to explore avenues that would position them to respond adequately to such attacks, casting doubt on the nation’s security.
We are worried at this example and call on the leadership of this country to, as a matter of urgency, cause to be investigated, the causes of these infractions and the reported deaths out of gunshots that have been recorded in this rather unfortunate exercise, and to restore some dignity in the conduct of political activities in this country.
In addition, we expect a total investigation and audit into the men deployed on duty to monitor the elections in the constituency to establish that indeed, they were individuals duly qualified, recruited and trained for the purpose.
We are completely stunned following developments across the constituency and would admonish state actors to work hard to restore confidence in the electoral process of Ghana to ensure that the upcoming general elections would not travel this line as it would be more damaging on the image of Ghana as a country.
It is important to understand that if Ghana would develop as a nation, political contestations are carried out on the battle of ideas for supremacy and not on violence. Violence and gunshots at polling stations is unacceptable and must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.
Stephen Kwabena Attuh
Fred Adomako Williams