OG OccupyGhana endorses Emile Short Commission

Justice Francis Emile Short

Justice Francis Emile Short

Pressure Group, OccupyGhana, has noted that Justice Emile Short Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the violence that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, will do a good job.
A statement issued by the group on yesterday said: “We are impressed by the reputation of the chairperson and members of, and the secretary to, the Inquiry.”

The government set up the Commission to investigate the shooting incident by some national security operatives that led to the injury of about six NDC supporters at the party’s parliamentary candidate’s private residence at La-Bawaleshie in Accra.

The Commission is chaired by the former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short with Prof Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, a legal expert and Mr Patrick K. Acheampong, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), as members of the Commission.

A former Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a private legal practitioner, Mr Ernest Kofi Abotsi, is the Secretary to the Commission.

The Commission has a month to submit its report to President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Reacting to the news, OccupyGhana said in a statement that it has “seen the statement issued by the presidency on Wednesday establishing an Inquiry into the Ayawaso West Wuogon electoral disturbances, literally moments after we issued our letter to the Minister for National Security on the same issue.

“We have closely considered the Inquiry’s terms of reference. Much more importantly, we have noted with satisfaction the calibre of the persons who have accepted to serve on the Inquiry. We are impressed by the reputation of the chairperson and members of, and the secretary to, the Inquiry.

“Although we would have preferred the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry under Chapter 23 of the Constitution, we believe that this Inquiry has the potential to find answers to the questions that we posed in our letter of 6th February 2019, to the Minster of National Security, and probably quicker than any court proceedings would take.”

It added: “We fully expect that the Inquiry will address the following questions that we raised in our letter:

The legal basis, upon which the armed force of the National Security Council was assembled, maintained and deployed, if any;

The circumstances under which the Ghana Police Service facilitated the acts of that force by supplying vehicles or other logistics for the operations of that day;

The reason and necessity for maintaining the said force outside the legally and constitutionally recognised services established by law; the procedure for recruiting persons into the said force; and the financial provision made for maintaining the force”.

“It is in expectation of a full disclosure on these and all other matters that we endorse the Inquiry and its members.

We anxiously await their report and will be watching to see the implementation of measures that we hope will reduce drastically, if not totally eliminate the scourge of electoral violence that has plagued this country for several years. We wish the Inquiry well. Ghanaians are watching.”


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