5 things Ghanaians expect from the Ayawaso by-election Commission of Inquiry


Following reports of violence that plagued the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections held on

Thursday, January 31, 2019, a Commission of Inquiry has been formed to investigate the matter.

The commission is headed by Justice Emile Short, a former chairman of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). It is expected to present its report, which will include its findings and recommendations, in a month’s time to President Akufo-Addo.

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On Thursday, 25th October, 2018, I delivered the keynote address at the 9th African Union High Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa, which is being held in Accra. I urged participants to be mindful that our objective of an integrated Africa cannot be achieved without peace and stability on the continent. Efforts at integration of the continent will be negatively affected if African countries continue to battle with the human security challenges which confront their peoples. No country would want to integrate with another whose house is on fire.

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Ghanaians may very likely take a keen interest in the work of the commission and will expect some issues to be addressed:


1. The facts about the reported violence at the by-election: Information with respect to violence at polling centres during the by-elections came to the attention of Ghanaians. In that regard, the true facts of all that occurred would be of great interest to Ghanaians.



2. Sanctions on security personnel who abused their powers: Security men reportedly assaulted some people present at some polling centres. Sam George, an MP, was attacked in the process. Ghanaians will, therefore, expect that sanctions be applied to the officers involved.


3. Heads to roll at security agencies: The reports of violence will ultimately fuel a desire to see the heads of some security agencies fall in answer to the actions of their men at the polling stations.



4. Compensation for injured people: People injured during the by-election would expect some compensation to cater for medical bills et al. This would ultimately help ease the financial burden on those affected as well as their dependents.



5. Assurance of optimum security at future elections: At the end of it all, Ghanaians will want to be assured that future electoral processes will be free and fair. It will be expected that security matters be handled in a professional manner so that no one is hurt or killed.



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