UN Calls for Investigation into Ghana’s Bloody Elections

The United Nations (UN) is calling for thorough investigations into election violence during the December 7 general elections which is recorded as one of the bloodiest in Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

Scores of unarmed civilians protesting perceived election rigging have been shot with live bullets by the military and security agencies, leaving scores injured with serious gunshot wounds across hospitals in almost all the regions in Ghana.

Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), made the call in Accra, saying the government should cause the prosecution of perpetrators of the attacks on civilians.

According to Ibn Chambers, the post-voting period has been marked by isolated incidents of violence which had also led to the loss of lives.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has been fingered for instigating these violence by allegedly conniving with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rig the elections. 

The UN Envoy in a statement, called on the two main parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to uphold their commitment to respect the Peace Pact signed on December 4.

In the peace pact, both parties expressed commitment to seek redress through constitutional and legal means for any electoral grievances


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