ABC News can report that Government has submitted for gazetting and publication, the Report and White Paper on the Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission of Inquiry.
The move, according to Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, is in accordance with Article 280 Clause 3 of the 1992 Constitution.
It states that “The President shall, subject to clause (4) of this article cause to be published the report of a Commission of Inquiry together with the White Paper on it within six months after the date of the submission of the report by the commission”.
On Thursday, Jan 31, 2019, violence erupted at the La- Bawaleshie polling station in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, where by-elections to elect a new Member of Parliament was ongoing, resulting in the assault of an MP and several people sustaining various degrees of injuries.
Following that, President Akufo-Addo set up a Commission of Inquiry on February 8, 2019 to make a full and impartial enquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election held on January 31,2019.
After concluding its investigations, the Emile Short led Commission of Inquiry, on March 14, 2019, submitted its report to the President.
Government has issued a White Paper together with the report itself in accordance with the Constitution, the Information Minister indicated.
The National Democratic Congress, (NDC) early this month, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to publish the report by the Awayaso West Wuogon by-election Committee claiming government-sponsored brutalities on innocent voters during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election occurred.
“Article 280 (3) of Ghana’s Constitution states ; The President shall, subject to clause (4) of this article cause to be published the report of a commission of inquiry together with the White Paper on it within six months after the date of submission of the report by the commission”
“Our President has exactly ten (10) days left to exhaust the constitutionally mandated space to publish the Short Commission report”, the NDC said in a statement.