Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, has said explained that the decision by government to constitute a commission to investigate the shooting incident during the Ayawaso West Wuogon is to establish the facts that led to the unfortunate incident.
The committee he said is to also establish those who were behind the violence that marred last week Thursday’s by-election.
He told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong that, the constitution of the committee confirms the change Ghanaians voted because similar incidents recorded in the past did not see any probe.
He recounted how demonstrators of the Let My Vote Count Alliance some years back were brutalized under the National Democratic Congress (NDC), without any punishment meted out to the persons involved.
President Akufo-Addo he said is a listening president and does not entertain any act of lawlessness hence his decision to constitute the committee for the probe.
The government has constitute a three-member commission to investigate the violence and shooting incident that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on Thursday.
Members of the Commission, according to the statement, are Justice Emile Short, former CHRAJ Commissioner, who is to serve as Chairperson; Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, former Dean of Law Faculty, University of Ghana and Patrick K. Acheampong, former Inspector General of Police (IGP), with Ernest Kofi Abotsi, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and private legal practitioner as Secretary to the Commission.
A statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin, said the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia formed the Commission with consent from President Akufo-Addo.
According to the statement, the Commission has as its terms of reference to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of the incident and establish the facts leading to the events and associated violence during the by-election to identify any person responsible for the violence.
The statement indicated that the Commission is also to inquire into any matter that it considers incidental or reasonably related to the causes of the events and the associated violence and injuries and to submit within one month its report to the President.