At least three persons have been arrested following a scuffle at Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West District of the Bono Region. The chaos between some supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Saturday at a registration center led to the death of one person.
The three suspects arrested are Ali Musah, 33, Ibrahim Acquah, 33, and Amos Aning, 38.
Director of Public Affairs at the Bono Regional Police Command, Augustine Kingsley Oppong, said the suspects are in custody and assisting investigations.
“So far three persons are in custody”, said the Police Spokesperson, adding that, “calm has since returned to the community”.
Images shared on social media capture at least two vehicles and a motorbike razed down.
According to the Daily Graphic, the incident happened during the Electoral Commission’s mop-up of the voter’s registration exercise during which gunshots were fired.
It still remains unclear how the scuffle started but a man who has been identified as Kofi Labatu, a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), was pronounced dead when he was rushed to the Dormaa Ahenkro Presbyterian Hospital.
The Member of Parliament for Dormaa West, Mr. Ali Maiga Halidu told the Daily Graphic that the deceased was hit by a bullet fired by security personnel who were deployed to the scene.
Security has been beefed up in parts of Nkrankwanta and other adjoining communities in the Dormaa West District.
Ghana’s quest to compile a new voter roll ahead of the general election on December 7, 2020, has been characterized by acts of violence that have resulted in the loss of life and property.
In the Awutu Senya East Constituency of the Central Region, for instance, a clash between supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party and the opposition National Democratic Congress nearly halted the process at a registration center.
A cabinet minister and MP for the area, Hawa Koomson admitted to firing gunshots at the scene. Her action was widely condemned as calls still mount for President Akufo-Addo to terminate her appointment.
At least five persons are facing court over the incident.
Source: Daily Mail GH