Ayawaso by-election violence: John Mahama visits injured persons

By Wendy Amarteifio
Ayawaso by election:Mahama visits injured persons

NDC Presidential aspirant John Mahama on Thursday, January 31, 2019, visited some persons who were injured in the violence that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

The injured persons are believed to be supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Mahama, who is campaigning in the Volta Region ahead of the February 23 presidential primaries of the NDC, rescheduled his itinerary to enable him to return to Accra and visit the injured persons.

On Thursday, January 31 2019, about nine persons were arrested by police following a shooting incident at a polling centre at La Bawaleshie during the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election.

According to reports, the polling station yesterday was described as chaotic as people threw stones and fired gunshots.

Some men in black, with their faces covered and dressed in an intimidating manner, were also sighted on the scene.

NDC withdrew from the poll hours later, claiming some of their agents and members had been attacked by persons believed to be members of the governing party in security informs. Subsequently, the party ordered its polling agents and observers to leave the polling centres.

The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo announced after the chaos yesterday, “In the circumstances, I have conferred with the parliamentary candidate and the leadership of the NDC. We have no option than to withdraw from the ongoing exercise''.

Some National Security Operatives allegedly fired gunshots at a polling centre at La Bawaleshie, injuring about six persons believed to be NDC supporters.

NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, who was serving as an observer in the constituency was also assaulted by some security personnel.

He is seen in a video being struck in the face by two security personnel as he made allegations that someone had been killed in the area.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), insisted that the violence was planned by the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, to discredit the election.

Addressing the media later on Wednesday, the NPP’s Director of Communications, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, said: “This is a hugely orchestrated attempt by the NDC because they knew from the beginning that they were going to lose.”

The New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, won the Ayawaso West Wuogon seat.