EC failed to ensure success in Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election- Expert


A Safety and Security Expert, Adam Bonah says the Electoral Commission failed to ensure the total success of Thursday’s by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.

Speaking to GBC Radio, he said the EC could have used its experience in past by-elections, to sensitise the parties involved, to the usefulness of such an important exercise.

This Mr. Bonah said would have equipped the parties and voters on the need to be decorous during the polls.

Low Turnout
The Constituency has a total number of 88,710 registered voters across 137 polling stations but only 17, 589 of them voted in the poll out of which 88 votes were rejected by the Electoral Commission.
At the La Bawaleshie School Park, the Member of Parliament of Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George who was observing the elections was allegedly assaulted by some unidentified persons.
The incident also resulted in the opposition party directing their agents to withdraw from the various polling stations.
The conduct of the polls was marred by a shooting incident at the residence of one of the aspirants, Mr Brempong; which resulted in injuries to 18 persons and an assault on an observer at one of the polling stations.
The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service have commenced investigations into the shooting incident.
According to some eyewitnesses at the scene, members of vigilante groups affiliated to a political party shot at NDC members who had gathered at Mr Brempong’s to go and cast their votes.

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