A governance expert with the Center For Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana says over politicisation of issues in the country is undermining the fight against political violence.

Nana Kwabena Aborampah said the country has not been able to effectively clamp down on political violence because of the interference of political actors in cases of violence.

“If you ask me why we’ve not been able to clamp it down, it’s because we’ve not been able to sit down as a country to deal with the issues decisively,” he said.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show, he indicated that political violence in the country still persist because of the urge to settle scores, when parties assume office.

According to him, political parties, when in opposition usually suffer various injustices, thus, want to retaliate when they come into power and this has been a major obstacle in the country’s fight against political violence over the years.

“Most of the cases that we are witnessing under electoral violence, if I take you through cases that we’ve already been presenting, it will tell you that they’re mostly reprisal and retaliation cases that we are seeing.

“So always they have a frustrated people in the opposition side who always want to retaliate when they come to power. That has been the major cause of electoral violence in the country,” he said.

The comments come at the back of various incidents of violence ahead of the December 2020 polls.

Prior to the elections, the country has seen a number of political violence with attacks on political opponents at various registration centres among other acts.

The recent attack was launched on Nii Lante Vanderpuye, MP for the Odododiodoo Constituency who has accused some members of the ruling NPP of attacking him.

However, Nana Kwabena believes these attacks often emerge as a result of the urge of political actors to reciprocate attacks they suffered in opposition.

He also said that law enforcement agencies responsible for carrying out justice for victims of political violence, for fear of being tagged as belonging to a certain political divide, often delay with investigations.

He added that this in turn also result in delays in serving justice to affected persons.

“If you’re a government or a security officer or anybody who is put in charge of enforcing specific laws and you don’t do proper investigations it may turn out to put yourself in place that people will wrongly accuse of belonging to a certain political party. So everybody who is put in charge of implementing policies is extra careful,” he said.

Nonetheless, he believes that in order to build public confidence in the fight against, there should be periodic briefings on the progress of various cases of political violence.

“For us to be able to assure the public that certain steps are being taken, it’s prudent that we have periodic briefings; as to the status of cases that have been reported as far as the electoral related violence are concerned,” he said.