The National Youth Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Sammy Awuku has said that violence, which has rocked the Bawaleshie electoral area of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, should not be used by the NDC as a basis for their withdrawal from the election.
According to Mr. Awuku, a similar violence happened during the 2015 Talensi by-election but the NPP, who were in opposition at the time, did not raise red flags.
Barely two hours after the commencement of elections at the Bawaleshie Presby School polling station, there were reports of shooting at the polling station with at least 6 persons suffering various degrees of injuries.
The six however were rushed to the Legon hospital for treatment.
According to eyewitnesses at the Bawaleshie Polling Center, some masked men, cloaked in black shirts with code name “SSC” apprehended two men who were taking a video of the electoral process at the polling center.
Following the arrest, electorates at the center questioned the legality of the actions of the men who were posed as members of the National Security Council.
The National Democratic Congress has thus withdrawn from the elections following some incidents of violence which has marred the electoral process especially at Bawaleshie where there are reports of shooting.
The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, said the party’s candidate, Delali Brempong, was basically being “held hostage” in the area.
He also said there was “serious intimidation” from national security operatives.