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General News of Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Short Commission goes public February 14

Chairman of the Commission of enquiry into AWW violence, Justice Emile Short Chairman of the Commission of enquiry into AWW violence, Justice Emile Short

The three-member presidential commission of inquiry tasked with the responsibility to investigate the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence starts public hearings from February 14, 2019.

The Commission has served notice it is “inviting the submission of relevant memoranda to aid” in its work.

The Commission chaired by Justice Emile Short in a statement said: “The Commission will begin oral hearings on Thursday the 14th day of February 2019 at 10am and the hearings is open to the public.”

The general public is to submit memoranda and statements to the Commission by February 20, the executive secretary of the Commission Kofi Abotsi said.

Other members of the Commission are Mrs. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, legal luminary and jurist, and Mr. Patrick K. Acheampong, former Inspector General of Police.

The terms of reference of the Commission according to the statement that announced their appointment are;

To make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to, the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on the 31st day of January 2019;

To identify any person responsible for or who has been involved in the events, associated violence and injuries;

To inquire into any matter which the Commission considers incidental or reasonably related to the causes of the events and the associated violence and injuries;

And to submit within one month its report to the President giving reasons for its findings and recommendations, including appropriate sanctions, if any.

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