Five were killed during the 2020 general elections.
This is according to the National Election Security Taskforce (NESTF).
In a statement, the Ghana Police said that there were 61 recorded cases of electoral and post-electoral violence across the country.
“Six of the incidents involved gunshots, resulting in the death of five persons,” the statement said.
The statement added that “the National Election Security Task Force deems the recorded incidents as avoidable and therefore condemns their occurrence and promises to investigate each one of them.”
Ghanaians went to the polls on December 7, 2020. President Akufo-Addo was retained as President of Ghana after the elections.
Read the full statement below:
The National Election Security Taskforce (NESTF) has policed the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections professionally and lauds the public for their cooperation with pre-election security measures put in place and executed through the electioneering period. Recorded Cases.
However, between 0700 hours of 7th December 2020 and 1000 hours of 9th December 2020: the Joint Operation Centre of the NESTF has recorded a total of sixty-one (61) electoral and post-electoral incidents nationwide. Twenty-one of the incidents is true cases of electoral violence, six of which involve gunshots resulting in the death of five.
The cases involving gunshots occurred as follows:
i. Central region, Awutu Senya East constituency: 2 injured from a shooting incident by civilian(s) in the community during election period on 07-12-20.
ii. Greater Accra region, Odododiodio constituency: 2 dead and 6 injured from a shooting incident by civilian(s) in the community during the post-election period on 07-12-20.
iii. Greater Accra region, Ablekuma Central: 4 injured including a policeman from a shooting incident at the collation centre during the post-election period on 08-12-20.
iv. Bono East region, Techiman South constituency: 2 dead and 4 injured from shooting by security personnel at the collation centre during the post-election period on 08-12-20.
v. Northern region, Savelugu Constituency: a shooting incident by civilian(s) at the Police Station, when people besieged the station during the post-election period on 08-12-20.
vi. Northern region, Savelugu Constituency: 1 dead and 3 injured from a shooting incident by civilian(s) in the community during the post-election period on 08-12-20.
The NESTF deems the incidents recorded to be incidents that could have been avoided and therefore condemns their occurrence and promises to investigate each one of them. Fake News
The NESTF sighted old videos in circulation, portrayed as incidents related to the ongoing electioneering exercise. The videos included police regional simulation exercises in the run-up to this year’s elections, where the media were invited to cover as part of Police engagement with the media, as key stakeholders of Ghana’s democracy.
Once again, the NESTF condemns these publications and warns that it is against the law for any person to send false or misleading communication. Any person who indulges in such will be arrested and prosecuted.
The NESTF continues to urge the public for calm through this period of waiting for results to be declared by the Electoral Commission.