Electoral Violence

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Friday condemned violence that marred a by-election held Ghana’s capital.

Unidentified armed men attacked some voters at a polling station on Thursday and shot in the air when voting was underway in the election to choose a replacement for a legislator, Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko, who died in November last year.

Six people were injured in the incident.

The main opposition, National Democratic Congress, pulled out of the by-election after the incident.

In a statement issued in Accra, the UNDP strongly condemned the incident, saying it undermines Ghana’s hard-earned democracy and peace, urging the west African country not to become complacent as it has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the sub-region.

“We call on all to avoid violence and the use of inflammatory language that could further increase tensions,” said the statement signed by Gita Welch, the acting UNDP resident representative.
Ghana will hold a general election next year to elect a president and 275 parliamentarians. Enditem

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