Accra, 22 July, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) have expressed their concerns about the recent cases of violence in the ongoing voter registration exercise in the West African nation and have urged political parties to abide by the law.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Ghana have observed with dismay the spate of violence during the current Voter Registration Exercise being conducted by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC),” the members of GCBC say in a collective statement issued Wednesday, July 22.
They add in relation to the violence, “It is an indictment, to say the least, that after 27 years of democratic governance under our Fourth Republic Constitution, Ghana is still experiencing political party-related violence whenever polls are conducted to elect leaders and, in this case, the compilation of a voters' register.”
Citing some of the cases of violence, the Prelates “note with great concern the acts of politically orchestrated violence in the Ejura-Sekyere Odumase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Kasoa in the Central Region, Asutifi South and Tano South Constituencies in the Ahafo Region, the Dormaa West Constituency in the Bono Region, Ho West in the Volta Region and Fadama and New Town in the Greater Accra region.”
“The latest action on Monday, July 20, 2020 of the Special Development Initiatives Minister and Member of Parliament for Awutu-Senya East Constituency in the Central Region, Mrs. Mavis Hawa Koomson, is very disturbing,” the Bishop point out in their collective statement and add, “While the police take action on this matter we hope that the appropriate sanctions will be taken against her by the Executive and the Legislature.”