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Ayawaso Commission excludes new MP Lydia Alhassan from witness list

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The Commission investigating the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence has decided to exclude the newly sworn in MP for the area, Lydia Alhassan, from its list of witnesses.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Ernest Kofi Abotsi, on the sidelines of the Commission’s visit to the centre of the action during the violence said the Commission took the decision because it is speaking to people who had primary evidence.

The candidate who won the seat was not on the scene and she is therefore considered a Secondary witness.

The Commission came to the conclusion that apart from winning the election, there is nothing she could tell them as she would be speaking on the basis of what people have told her.

Ms Lydia Alhassan was initially billed to give her testimony on February 25, 2019.

Although she came to the Commission on that day, she did not testify.

Visit to Ayawaso West Wuogon

The Justice Emile Short Commission probing the Ayawaso West Wuogon By-Election violence visited the scene at La Bawaleshie in Accra on Friday March 1, 2019.

The visit afforded the Commission, first hand knowledge of what actually occurred on 31st January, 2019  as it gathers more evidence to help in investigations.

More than nineteen bullet marks were identified by the Justice Emile Short Commission at the at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency as evidence for the violence that characterised the election there.

A Ballistic Expert with the Police CID, Michael Cudjoe told the Commission that it appears the marks of the gunshots were caused by high velocity weapons.

The visit took them to the La-Bawaleshie Presbyterian Basic School, sites of bullet holes near the NDC candidate Mr Delali Brempong’s House, inside the house as well as a hairdressing saloon which is about 100 metres away from the house which also had two bullet holes.

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