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Ayawaso violence: Spio-Garbrah drags EC, IGP and two others to court

By Mutala Yakubu
Ayawaso violence: Spio-Garbrah drags EC, IGP, and two others to court

Ekwow Spio-Garbrah who is a flagbearer aspirant for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dragged Minister of State in charge of National Security Byran Acheampong and three institutions to court over the Ayawaso by-election violence.

In a suit filed on February 12, 2019, the High Court names the chairperson of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensa, the Inspector-General of Police David Asante Appietu and Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo as the other defendants.

Among the declarations, is one calling on the Attorney-General to present a bill dealing with surging political thuggery linked to violence during the recent by-election.

The writ also asked the EC to move beyond its mandate to make sure that it picks intelligence on elections day so that it can tell which violence act may happen on the grounds.

It moved on to say that they want the police to be established by law as the only institution mandated to provide security on days of elections in the country.

In another sought declaration, the NDC politician wants the court to rule that the National Security ministry, which has owned up for the presence of the masked men, did not have any legal authority to deploy these men nor were they mandated by the police whose duty is to ensure law and order.

He wants the minister of state in charge of National Security to take responsibility for the actions of these men at the La Bawaleshie Presby polling station resulting in injuries to at least six Ghanaians.

The writ also demands compensation for all victims who sustained various degrees of injuries on the day of the violence.
The plaintiff wants the bill in place within 90 days of the court order.

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