Anti EC Demonstration Takes A Sharp Turn As Protest Leader Gets Poisoned

Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson has been hospitalized in a suspected food poisoning during the hours a major demonstration against the inauguration of President Akufo-Addo as President of the Republic of Ghana was planning to take off.

The victim who is the brain behind the demonstration in conjunction with other allied Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are planning a protest against the Electoral Commission (EC) and the inauguration of President Akufo-Addo as President when he was poisoned.

Following police ban on National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) protest in Accra the CSOs have taken it upon themselves to challenge the result of the Techiman South constituency seat on behalf of the party.

The gathering will begin at Circle Obra Spot, after which the group are expected to march to the EC’s office to present a petition today, January 4.

By extension, they are demanding a public collation of the parliamentary results of the 2020 general polls.

The organization, with the aim of promoting transparency in government, the outstanding seat is the game changer in parliament, and for that they have to ensure it is allocated to its legitimate owner.

Despite the seat being called for the New Patriotic Party’s Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, the CSOs is of the view that there is no evidence of public collation, per constitutional requirement.

With his hospitalization, it is unclear the current status of the demonstration.

In other developments, National Security says that it will be releasing close to six thousand security personnel in town ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President, and members of the eighth Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

In a press  release , the police explained that the security personnel will be drawn from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces, and allied security agencies.

The police noted that the other allied security agencies will provide security to ensure the protection of lives and properties and general maintenance of law and order for the ceremonies.

 

By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea

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