Personnel of the Ghana Police Service fired several rounds into a crowd of National Democratic Congress (NDC) protestors at the Headquarters of the Electoral Commission today.
No casualties were reported and the Police has explained that they fired rubber bullets, which nonetheless can still cause serious injuries, especially if they hit vital places such as the eyes.
Video footages of the Police’s response to the irate protestors also capture the Police spraying hot water cannons at the indefatigable protestors in front of the North Ridge Headquarters of the Electoral Commission.
As a result of the protest, all the roads around the area have been blocked. Angry protestors have also been burning car tires.
Sounds from the protest grounds capture irate demonstrators chanting, “No Justice, No Peace,” “No Mahama, No Peace,” among others.
Some of the protestors who spoke to journalists scoffed at the idea of going to court when Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, a highly suspected NPP zealot, may be heading the panel of Supreme Court Judges sitting on a potential election petition.
According to the protestors, the issue is not a court matter but one that can easily be resolved through pink sheets – vote results documents that hold the numbers of the election results from the polling stations.
Ghana’s Electoral Commission on 9th December declared President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, however, the declaration has been engulfed in controversy after the EC announced it had made a mistake and changed its own declared results at least six times.
It is widely believed that the election was rigged for President Akufo-Addo by Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission who has reportedly since fled the country.
The NDC which says that it has won the elections has rejected the election declaration and is demanding a forensic audit into the results.
Meanwhile, the Accra Region Director of Police Operations, ACP Kwesi Fori, has said that a number of protestors have been arrested. In an interview with journalists on the protest grounds, he said he could not give an exact number of arrestees but said some of the suspects included people who were caught buying petrol at a nearby filling station for the purpose of burning car tires.