Invincible Forces attack Ada East assembly members

Mr. David Asante-Apeatu IGPMembers of the Invincible Forces linked to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), have been accused of allegedly assaulting some assembly members of the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region.

The incident occurred during the polls to endorse President Akufo Addo’s nominee for Chief Executive for the district, Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, when the thugs snatched ballot boxes moments after voting ended.

The Presiding Member, Aka Simon Kobla, said he was physically assaulted by the thugs in the presence of the deputy minister and District Police commander and dragged out of the hall.

Narrating how things unfolded during voting, he said: “I saw many of them in black shirts, well built and claiming that they were National Security operatives, but I said there was nothing for me to identify them by so they should be out of the room.

They refused, I even told the Police Commander of Ada Division to take him out but he told me he cannot walk anybody out.”

He continued: “At the end of the voting, when ballot papers were not sorted they entered and they started beating me up, hitting me with the chairs that the people were sitting on and then dragged me until two of the policemen came to rescue me.

I went and sat in a pickup for some time and then I came out and left. They were calling me to come and witness the counting, but I refused because they took the ballot box away and then they changed it.”

He said: “The Regional Electoral Officer went ahead to empty the ballot box and declared her [nominee] as the winner. I am yet to know the exact figures; I did not sign any declaration form.”

An assembly member, John Kubi, alleged that the thugs entered just after the last person voted and the electoral officer was about to open the ballot box.

They entered and beat up the Presiding Member and other assembly members and made away with the ballot box.”

According to him, “they made away with the ballot box and about one hour’s time, they came with it”.
Ms. Pobee secured 27 out of 36 valid votes.  -Classfmonline

 

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