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Hawa Koomson acted in self-defence – Freddie Blay

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) have described the attacks against Hawa Koomson as a ploy by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to paint her black.

It said the opposition is worked “to stage confusion at registration centres across the country in their quest to discredit the electoral processes and create disaffection for the NPP”.

In a statement signed by the National Chairman, Freddie Blay expressed with worry how “different groups expected to be more objective in their submissions” have fallen “for the propaganda and misrepresentation of the opposition NDC in relations to the matter.”

He said this was even after Ewutu Senya East MP’s statement that clarified the circumstances that resulted in her action.

The party described her actions as one “in self-defence to the unwarranted attacks on her and her team by masked motorists invited by the NDC to disrupt the EC registration process in her constituency”.

According to the statement, Hawa Koomson is known to be “one of the calmest female representatives of the NPP in Parliament,” who exhibits no violent nature “even in the face of extreme provocation.”

He asked those calling for her resignation to undertake a more rational assessment of the facts before unfairly ostracising her and calling her names.

“They have failed to evaluate the extent of fear and trauma this lady, mother and leader had experienced following the siege on her by sufficiently outnumbered armed hooligans hired by the NDC to disrupt the EC registration process.”

“Besides preventing the Member of Parliament from witnessing the process in her constituency, evidential attacks on her convoy clearly demonstrates premeditation of events by the opposition NDC to humiliate, intimidate and molest her.”

He called on Ghanaians “to exercise restraint in their utterances and conduct with respect to this matter.”

The former deputy Speaker of Parliament added that it was “most regrettable to find highly placed individuals resorting to name-calling and equally falling for the propaganda scheme of the opposition NDC to make light the commitment of president Akufo-Addo in the fight against vigilantism and political violence in Ghana.”

He further urged “the security agencies stationed at polling stations, to remain forthright in ensuring that petitioners follow due process in challenging suspected unqualified individuals desirous of registering for the new voters’ ID.”

Mr. Blay also took the “opportunity to encourage the Ghanaian middle class society and professionals to take some time off their busy schedules and go out in their numbers to participate in the new voter registration process, observing all the COVID 19 protocols.”

The NPP Chairman added the party remains “open for the exploration of direct talks with the opposition NDC and other political parties on issues of common interest and concern, moving away from the normal practice of frequently engaging an arbiter in mediating affairs of political parties.”

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