The Emile Short Commission which investigated the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election has presented its report to the President.
Emile Short, Chairman of the Commission, said he was confident President Akufo-Addo will find their findings and recommendations useful in shaping reforms for the future.
Presenting the report Thursday at the Jubilee House, he thanked the President “for this initiative, and commend your resolve to stamp out the evil of electoral violence from our politics.”
On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Members of the Commission, and all others associated with its work, for agreeing to provide this service to the people of our country.
He also thanked the Commission and its Executive Secretary for executing their mandate expeditiously.
“The circumstances under which the unfortunate incident occurred might have proved somewhat difficult for others, but you did not hesitate to accept the assignment and the work that you have done has been in the public domain.
“The whole country has seen the transparent nature of the proceedings and we have all followed it, obviously with great care and attention. I am happy that at long last it has come to an end,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo added that “to the extent that the recommendations of this Commission can help us advance the course of law and order in our country, I welcome it.”
“We have the responsibility of ensuring the maintenance of law order of our country, and that responsibility is not one which can be abdicated on any occasion, he said.
The Short Commission was set up on February 6, to produce a report in a month after the violence that marred the January 31, by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon.
Civilians were assaulted by masked men as the police appeared helpless in controlling the situation at the La Bawaleshie area. Ningo-Prampram MP Sam George was assaulted while at least 15 people were reported injured.
The Commission which was made up a former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Emile Short; law professor, Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu; former Inspector-General of Police, Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong; had a former Dean of GIMPA School of Law, Kofi Abotsi as its Executive Secretary.
Their mandate was to among other things unravel the circumstances which led to the violence and make recommendations to forestall future occurrence.
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