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Ayawaso by-election : UNDP condemns violence

By Mutala Yakubu
UNDP condemns violence
Ayawaso by-election: UNDP condemns violence

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has moved swiftly to condemn the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election in Accra on Thursday, January 31, 2019.


In a statement released yesterday January 31, 2019, the UNDP sad “We strongly condemn such impunity and brazen acts of violence which undermine Ghana’s hard-earned democracy and peace.”

It added “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.”

The Ayawaso by-election was met with violence as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Kwasi Delali Berempong had to pull out.

Gunshots were fired by some masked men causing injuries to some voters.

The police in a statement after the incident said six people were injured in the course of the incident and that no record of death was recorded, resulting from the shooting incident.

UNDP statement

 

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 subregion, 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)

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