4 NPP lawmakers push for probe into Ghana’s electoral violence since 1993


Four legislators on the Majority Caucus of Ghana’s Parliament are pushing for a probe into actions by security agencies that marred Ghana’s elections since 1993.

The four MPs who belong to the New Patriotic Party have therefore triggered a private members motion to compel the Speaker to form a committee to investigate the matters.

The MPs in question are the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh Dompreh; Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin; Abuakwa South MP, Samuel Atta Akyea and the Akuapem South MP, Osei Bonsu Amoah.

The motion is to cause an investigation into “alleged interference by some members of the security agencies and some vigilante groups before, during, and after presidential and general elections since 1993 resulting in injuries and loss of lives and make consequential recommendations.”

They are also demanding investigations to recruitments of persons into the country’s security agencies since 1993 “to establish the level of ethnic, regional and gender balance in the recruitment and appointment to such public offices and make appropriate recommendations.”

The motion has been viewed as a counter-motion to an earlier one filed by six members of the Minority in Parliament on March 23 with a specific remit for the 2020 General elections.

The motion was for a probe into the instances of election violence during the 2020 election cycle that saw at least five persons killed.

The Minority MPs; Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka Mubarak, Mahama Ayariga, Alhassan Suhuyini, and James Agalga want the scope of the probe to factor in inappropriate interferences by state security.

They insist the IGP, and other security agencies reneged on a promise to Parliament and Ghanaians to protect lives.

The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, in response described the Minority’s motion as hypocritical.

Source: Daily Mail GH with additional files from citinewsroom.com

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