Afenyo Markins And CO’s Move To Broaden Probe Into Violence In Our Elections Is A “Masterstroke”


The NDC have been engaging in scurrilously egregious attacks, peddling of falsehoods and twisting of facts as regards violence experienced in our elections.

Recent events in a few places have sent these people singing like canary birds about how the Akufo-Addo administration, they claim, has been using security agencies and vigilante groups to oppress them during elections.

These exaggerated and propagandistic commentaries have been heavily used by the opposition party to justify their poor performances in the 2020 elections.

To give these hugely hyperbolic mantras steam, the Minority in Parliament has sought to get Parliament to specifically set up a committee with the view to investigating those alleged brutalities in some isolated places during and after the 2020 elections.

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Four Members of Parliament from the Majority led by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, have asked the House to go beyond just the 2020 elections if we indeed want to get to the bottom of these issues.

The Afenyo-Markin-led team has asked the House to investigate acts of violence perpetrated by security agencies and vigilante groups during elections starting from 1993. This, it is believed, would do justice to the issues of violence in our elections over the years.

A quick trip into time would reveal that violence in our politics hasn’t been the sole ownership of one political party. In fact, violent eruptions in our elections as far as the NDC is concerned are second to none.

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Chereponi, Atiwa and Akwatia quickly come to mind when it comes to violence perpetrated by the NDC in our elections. In the early and late 90s, violent skirmishes in our elections were very common and all these were against members of the then opposition New Patriotic Party.

For the NDC to seek to dwell on what might have happened just a few days ago is the height of disingenuousness on their part. The Afenyo-Markin, Annor Dompreh, Atta Akyea and O.B.Amoah move is a great step in the right direction.

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If we are to heal our wounds over violence suffered in our elections, we cannot approbate and reprobate. The Minority’s ill-intentioned move has been scuttled by the Majority’s all-encompassing demand to have these matters dealt with decisively.

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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