EC warns youth against being used as instruments of violence

EC warns youth against being used as instruments of violence

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa has urged the youth to avoid being used as instruments of violence as the country prepares for the general elections on December 7.

She said the possibility of losing one’s life should be enough to deter young people from engaging in electoral violence.

Interacting with first-time voters in Accra on Thursday, Madam Jean Mensa said she regrets the involvement of young people in electoral violence.

“I would like to use this opportunity to call on the youth not to allow yourselves to be used to foment trouble. Be it on the streets or social media. Just a few days ago we saw some acts of violence in Odododiodoo and I believe there are people who are behind this violence… You must not allow yourself to be used. Let us say no to violence,” she charged.

The EC Chairperson’s comment comes days after a bloody clash between supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Sunday.

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The clash, which occurred in the course of a health walk by the NDC in the constituency, left some supporters of both parties injured.

There was a misunderstanding between a group of young men at an area known as Blue Gate which resulted in the throwing of stones and bottles.

One person has been arrested in connection with the incident as the video  showed that person brandishing a gun during the brawl.

The police have also invited the NDC parliamentary candidate for Odododiodoo constituency, Edward Nii Lante Vanderpuijie, and that of the NPP, Nii Lante Bannerman, to assist in investigations.

Mr Nii Lante Vanderpuijie, who is also incumbent MP for Odododiodoo, and Nii Lante Bannerman, are expected to assist the police in investigations, following the incident.


Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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