Communications Director for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoah, has said ”it is not mandatory” for President Akufo-Addo to publish the Emile Short Commission report on the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election few months ago.
He told Frontline host Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that it remains shocking the NDC was making demands to have the report published when they chastised the commission for its work.
He said election related violence has always been with us but it took the bold decision by President Akufo-Addo to establish the Short Commission to investigate the Ayawaso incident and bring an end to the phenomenon.
The MP for Adenta constituency indicated that the president should be commended for his bold decision to have the commission investigate the matter ‘’but if is not mandatory for the president to publish the work of a commission. It would be the sole decision of the president within six months to either publish or not to publish.’’
He explained the president after the six months come out to communicate with the people eon any decision he takes with regards to the report.
Meanwhile, he has expressed strong optimism the president would take a decision in the interest of the state because he has shown commitment to have party militias uprooted form our democracy.
He was responding to the fresh call on the president to publish the Short Commission report by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The opposition NDC had called on President Akufo-Addo, to without any delay, publish in full, the report of the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry.
The Commission was set up by the President to investigate the violence that characterised the January 31, bye-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
According to the NDC, the feet dragging to make public the findings “is a blatant disregard for the principles of transparency and accountability that the President swore to uphold.”
The NDC said, although it boycotted the proceedings of the Short Commission, it believes that “the Ayawaso West Wuogon issue is a matter of intense national and international interest and that the people of Ghana deserve to know the findings and recommendation of the Commission,’’ a statement issued to that effect some few weeks ago said.
The two parties have over the past two days held meetings to dialogue on best they could disband vigilante groups.
The two parties have reached an agreement on Tuesday May 28, 201, during the final meeting.
Peace Council with support from technical experts and the two main political parties (NDC, NPP) have welcomed the decision to present a working document on a roadmap to end political vigilantism following reports submitted by various stakeholders at the meeting.
Pursuant to the earlier communique signed by both parties to disband and prohibit the utilization of these groups, both parties agreed to ‘tackle the roadmap’ in a period of four weeks.
A code of conduct drafted by the National Peace Council is also to be considered as one of the deliverables in preparing the said roadmap