NPP group wants probe into Talensi, Atiwa, Chereponi & other electoral violence

A group calling itself ‘NPP Youth for Integrity’ has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to establish Commissions of Inquiry to investigate a number of violent incidents recorded in parts of the country. The group said the electoral violence that took place in Asunafo, Asutifi, Talensi, Chereponi and other places in recent past, ought to be investigated like the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence. On the back of criticisms and condemnation of the Ayawaso incident allegedly caused by some hoodlums under the guise of national security operatives, government was forced to set up a three –member Commission of Inquiry to probe the matter. While commending the President for that move, the NPP Youth for Intergrity in a statement said it is important that equal attention is given to all other issues of violence in the country. “We like to commend the government for its positive response to the impasse at Ayawaso West Wuogon during the by-election, we wish to add our voices to condemn all actors involved in the matter. “Without any form of equalization, we however believe that what is good for the goose is as much good for the gander,” the group stated. It thus called for the government to put measures in place to ensure that other issues of violence and disruption across the country are equally dealt with. “Inasmuch as we applaud and welcome the move to enquire into what brought about the unnecessary confusion and disturbances that marred the beauty of Ayawaso West Wuogon by elections, we believe the state can’t keep a close eye to the worst scenarios that greeted the Asutifi, Asunafo, Talensi, Atiwa, Chereponi, Asawase, Agbogbloshie, Akwatia, and many other places where several number of innocent people suffered similar or even worst attacks for no wrong doings,” it stated. The group noted that some people have lost their lives while others became permanently disabled as a result of the these violent incidence. Consequently, it said it is high time a Commission of Enquiry was set up for the crime at the stated areas. It underscored the need for government to deal with all issues of electoral violence without being selective, in order to instil confidence in the electioneering process and ensure the safety of electorates. “We demand justice for all victims of electioneering process. The perpetrators of such crime must equally face the law. Crime has no expiry date,” the group emphasized.

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