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General News of Thursday, 31 January 2019


Violence rocks Ayawaso by-elections; shots fired at Sam George, others

Police are meanwhile trying to maintain calm at the center - File play videoPolice are meanwhile trying to maintain calm at the center - File

The ongoing Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections has been hit by chaos and violent protests after some suspected security personnel fired bullets at the Bawaleshie centre.

Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George commenting on the development in a Facebook post said he was victimized by some members of the NPP Invincible Forces.

According to him, several rounds of ammunition were fired at him while he was performing his monitoring duties at the center.

“I have just been assaulted by several members of the NPP Invincible Forces attired in National Security Council shirts and vests. They fired several rounds of ammunition at me simply because I was doing my legal job of monitoring the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election”.

Meanwhile, heavy security has been implored at the center as the police try to maintain calm and order following the riots.

Reports suggest that some persons were injured; shot in the leg and arm by the suspected security personnel and an unconfirmed number of persons have been reported dead.

Voting currently has been suspended at the polling station and voters and eyewitnesses who are obviously displeased with the incident are also protesting.

The by-election has been necessitated by the demise of the MP of the area Emmanuel Agyarko.

Mr. Kyeremanteng Agyarko died in November at a hospital in the United States after a protracted ailment.

Political watchers say the polls is a straight fight between one of the late MP’s wive’s, Lydia Alhassan, and the NDC’s Delali Kwesi Brempong.

Meanwhile, Pollster Ben Ephson has predicted the governing New Patriotic Party may retain the margin of victory over their rival National Democratic Congress.