A research by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has uncovered that four of the cases of electoral violence recorded during the 2020 general elections are currently in court.
The 2020 general elections entered the history books of Ghana as one of the most violent elections with several persons killed.
A year on, the Ghana Center for Democratic Development is collaborating with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) to track the progress of the cases from the last election.
Such cases were recorded in 11 constituencies in six (6) out of the 16 administrative regions in Ghana.
According to the CDD-Ghana, the goal of this project titled, Post-Elections Accountability on Elections Security, is to advocate for the speedy resolution of all the cases to engender public trust in the security and criminal justice system and limit the tendency for potential reprisal attacks in future elections.
In a statement from the advocacy group providing findings on the cases tracked, it says, “out of the 12 cases tracked, four (4) are in court, three (3) are still under investigation, three (3) has been forwarded to the Attorney General's (AG) office for advice, while two (2) have been settled by the parties involved.”
For the purposes of transparency, CDD-Ghana has recommended that the Ghana Police Service should periodically provide the public with updates on the status of each of the cases.
It has also made an appeal to the Attorney General (AG) to expeditiously consider cases forwarded to his office for advice to enable prosecutions to commence.
Meanwhile, CCD-Ghana has assured that with collaboration from WANEP and NCCE, it will continue to monitor and update the public on the status of the cases for the next two months.
Read the full CDD-Ghana report HERE: