NDC mounts pressure on govt to publish Emile Short C’ssion report

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is mounting pressure on the government to immediately publish the full report of the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry on the violence at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency bye-election on January 31, 2019.

The commission was set up by the President to investigate the circumstances surrounding the violence that broke out and a section of the citizenry have described the dastardly act as a state-sponsored one after it emerged that most of the masked men who unleashed violence in the constituency were among a pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group.

After the commission submitted its report, almost a month ago following a public sitting, the president is yet to act but just before the NPP meets the NDC on how to curb activities of party vigilantism, it has asked for the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry to be published.

According to Sammy Gyamfi, Director of Communication of the NDC, in a statement signed and issued said, “We recall that the Short Commission presented its report to the president on March 15, 2019, and yet till date, almost a month, the president for some unknown reason, is sitting on the said report, the president’s delayed reaction is a blatant disregard for the principles of probity, transparency and accountability that the president swore to uphold.”

“The National Democratic Congress calls on the president to without any delay, publish in full, the report of the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry which was set up by the president to investigate the circumstances surrounding the violence that broke out during the bye-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency on 31st January 31, 2019.

“In spite of the fact that the NDC boycotted the proceedings of the commission, we believe the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election violence issue is a matter of intense national and international interest, and the citizenry deserve to know the findings and recommendation of the commission.

“What makes this demand imperative is that till date, the perpetrators of the violence at the bye-election who were captured live on videos, are still free and walking the streets, what is disturbing is, we still do not know the status of the police investigation into the said matter, despite assurances, in the circumstances, we call on the president to cause to be published the full report of the Emile Short Commission on Enquiry immediately,” the statement said.


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