The President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, Ɔsagyefo Ɔseadeɛyɔ Agyemang Badu II, has described the violence that characterised the 2020 general elections as very difficult to comprehend.
Condemning what he called the militarization of the 2020 general elections, the Dormaahene also made a passionate appeal to President Akufo-Addo to urgently constitute an inquiry into the killing of innocent Ghanaians, including children during the polls.
At least five people were reported dead in the election violence across several parts of the country.
According to a statement by the Ghana Police Service it recorded more than 60 incidents during the vote, in which President Akufo-Addo ran for re-election against his main rival, former President John Mahama, and 10 other candidates.
“Twenty-one of the incidents are true cases of electoral violence, six of which involve gunshots resulting in the death of five,” the police said.
But Ɔsagyefo Ɔseadeɛyɔ Agyemang Badu II believes such acts of impunity should never take place in a democratic country like Ghana.
“I have witnessed elections in this country since 1979. There are sometimes disagreements, but happenings in the 2020 elections were difficult to comprehend. It has always been normal in the past to witness the counting of ballots peacefully. So where from the conflict? Truly it happened at many places and in the Bono East Region, about 4 or so people fell with many others suffering gunshot wounds.”
“Truly, even when the soldiers were ruling us, and we were fearful, we never saw anything like this. So how come in 2020 at a time we are supposed to be progressing, people simply going to vote for someone to become President, could lose their lives?” he quizzed.
Speaking during a meeting with the NDC’s 2020 flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, the Dormaahene recalled how as a young boy of about 14 years he had gone to witness the polls in excitement and questioned why a young boy of similar age could be killed for excitedly going to witness a similar experience in 2020.
He, thus called on President Akufo-Addo to “as a matter of urgency” commission a probe to deal lawfully with all perpetrators so that such an act will not be repeated in the 2024 elections.
Former President John Mahama who is on a tour of the Bono Region to thank the chiefs and people for their support and votes during the 2020 polls affirmed the readiness of the NDC to sit together with the current government to discuss solutions to the country’s challenges.