Two opposition MPs have petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate deaths and injuries that occurred during the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
The two MPs – Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (North Tongu) and Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah (Ellembelle) – have lodged a complaint at CHRAJ against the ministers of interior, defence as well as the Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff of Ghana Armed Forces.
“Sixty-one electoral and post-electoral incidents nationwide” were reported, the police said in a statement back in December 2020. Of these, 21 “are true cases of electoral violence, six of which involve gunshots resulting in the death of five.”
In their petition, they stated that the culprits must be prosecuted while demanding compensation for the victims or their representatives.
“It would be a scar on our collective conscience, a threat to future elections and a disservice to the stability of our democracy if we do not take concrete steps to thoroughly investigate, punish the perpetrators and adequately compensate victims,” Ablakwa said after filing the petition.
Their complaint is restricted to the Techiman South, Odododiodio, Ablekuma Central, and Savelugu constituencies in the Bono East, Greater Accra and Northern Regions of the Republic of Ghana respectively, reports the website of state-owned Daily Graphic.
It relates to the manner in which the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces discharged their constitutional and statutory mandates in the constituencies.
“In the case of the Ghana Armed Forces, their conduct in furtherance of the purpose of the National Election Security Taskforce (NESTF) did not promote the development of Ghana as prescribed by article 210(3) of the 1992 Constitution, as their conduct caused damage to life, limb and property,” the petition reads.
“Regarding the Ghana Police service, the manner in which they carried out their functions to further the purpose of the NESTF undermined their constitutional obligation under article 200(3) of performing their “traditional role of maintaining law and order”.
Below is the full petition:
Source: Daily Mail GH