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CODEO demands post-election violence probe from IGP

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has asked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh to inform the public about the status of investigations into all election-related violence recorded during the 7 December 2020 general elections and in the aftermath.

CODEO, among other recommendations, stated, “As in the previous cases of election-related violence recorded during the voter registration exercise and in line with public accountability, CODEO calls on the Inspector-General of Police and the Ghana Police Service to inform the public about the status of investigations into all election-related violence recorded during the elections and in the post-election period”.

The election observer group, in its post-election report issued on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 and signed by its National Coordinator, Albert Arhin focused on 30 constituencies due to contested results, history of election-related violence and immediate record pf election-related violence in those selected constituencies.

Some of the constituencies include Odododiodio, Ablekuma Central, Sene West, Techiman South, Pusiga, Awutu Senya West, Hohoe, Savelugu among others.

The observer group also indicated that even though the post-election political environment has been generally peaceful, “CODEO’s post-election observers noted few incidents of election-related disturbances and the threat to peace and security in the constituencies observed during the period of observation”.

CODEO also commended all candidates challenging election outcomes in the courts and further urged “all candidates, political parties, and their supporters to cooperate with the courts to determine the merits or otherwise of election petitions”.

CODEO also called on all stakeholders, the media, and the general public to be circumspect in their general discussions on the ongoing court hearings so as not to jeopardise legitimate processes of the court.

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