Leaders of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) say the country can only enjoy a peaceful election if the police investigate and prosecute all persons involved in last week’s political clashes in Ashtown, a suburb of Kumasi.

The clash, which involved the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Manhyia Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, left two persons badly injured.

Addressing a news conference in Kumasi, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, blamed the violence on what he calls NPP leader Nana Akufo-Addo’s “all die be die” mantra.

“The victim [of the Ashtown clashes] has suffered some gunshot wounds and cutlass wounds. So where from those cutlasses and where from the guns with which he was shot or did he shoot himself?”

“These are questions we expect the security agencies to go into then give satisfactory answers…” Asiedu Nketia stated.

He insisted that the security officials must deal with anybody found to be guilty in this case, “whether he’s a messenger or the president.”

“Otherwise,” he warned, “the safety of our elections is at stake.”

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