The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has commenced investigations into reports that the running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, broke electoral laws in the just-ended voters’ register exhibition exercise.
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), which made the claims against Dr. Bawumia, alleged that he induced two electoral officers in Walewale in the Northern Region, with a sum of GH¢10,000, to bring verification materials to his residence to verify him.
The two EC officials identified as Jobe Ambrose and Mumuni Latifa were subsequently relieved off their duties by the EC, even before a full investigation was carried out into the claims.
The NDC proceeded to lodge a complaint with the Walewale District Police to investigate the matter.
Speaking to Citi News, the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, disclosed that the CID had taken over investigations into the matter.
“A complaint was lodged with the Walewale police, and the CID in the Northern Region has taken statements from the verification officer of the EC and one other officer. As we speak, they are even in the jurisdiction doing further investigations. As and when we need to put anything out there, we will do so,” he indicated.
NPP debunks claims
When the allegations first surfaced, the NPP condemned as “desperate” the National Democratic Congress’ “schemes and claims in attempt to soil the image” of its running mate.
The NPP in a statement signed by its secretary in Walewale, Simon Ali, debunked the claims as “totally false” and “bordering on hallucinations.”
The statement also described as “one of the weirdest claims ever” the allegations claiming that Dr. Bawumia gave the two Electoral Officers GH¢10,000 to enable him to get verified.