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01-Feb-2019  
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has condemned the violence that characterized yesterday’s bye-election at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

The bye-election turned violent when some faceless security personnel stormed the Bawaleshie electoral area, firing gunshots into the electorates and injuring about eight of them.

Following the shooting incident, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) boycotted the bye-election.

However, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate Lydia Seyram Alhassan emerged winner in the elections.

The UNDP, in a statement copied to Peacefmonline.com, decried the attacks on the electorates, strongly condemning what they term as “impunity and brazen acts of violence which undermine Ghana’s hard-earned democracy and peace”.

“Ghana, as a pillar of stability in the sub-region, must not become complacent. We call on all to avoid violence and the use of inflammatory language that could further increase tensions,” a portion of the statement read.

Read full statement below:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been following the ongoing bye-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, with keen interest, as this is a further illustration of the democratic process that is imbedded in Ghana.

However, our attention has been drawn to media reports of violence and a shooting incidence by unidentified armed men at the La Bawalashie Presby JHS polling station during the bye-election, leading to the injury of at least six people.

We strongly condemn such impunity and brazen acts of violence which undermine Ghana’s hard-earned democracy and peace.

Ghana, as a pillar of stability in the sub-region, must not become complacent. We call on all to avoid violence and the use of inflammatory language that could further increase tensions.

Signed By:

Ms. Gita Welch

Resident Representative (a.i)

 

 
 
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
 
 

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