Twenty-three individuals, claiming to have been victims of assault during the Ayawaso-West Wuogon by-election held on January 31, 2019 have sued the state over violations of their fundamental human rights.
In a suit filed at the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court dated, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, the 23 applicants are seeking among other reliefs, an amount of GH¢250, 000, totaling, Gh¢5.75 million as compensation.
They are also praying the court for an order enforcing their Fundamental Human Rights, alleging, the national security team deployed to the by-election assaulted them leading to the suffering of various degrees of injuries.
In their petition to the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court, they stated, “Take notice that Counsel for and on behalf of the Applicant herein shall pray this Honourable Court for an order enforcing the Fundamental Human Rights of the Applicants and for compensation for unlawful assault, arrest and detention.”
This is in accordance with Article 14 (5) of the 1992 Constitution, and Article 9(4) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on the grounds deposed to in the supporting Affidavit and for any order(s) as this Honourable Court may deem fit,” the suit added.
The by-election which was held to replace the late Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko, was marred by shooting and incidence of violence.
The election which had Madam Lydia Alhassan as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate and Mr. Kwasi Delali Brempong, as the NDC candidate, witnessed the eruption of violence at the La-Bawaleshie polling station, and other places, resulting in injuries to 18 persons.
Other candidates for the January 31 by-election which was characterised by masked men, who were confirmed to be National Security Operatives, were, Mr. William Doworkpor of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and Mr. Clement Boadi of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG).
Although the opposition NDC opted out of the election, following the violence, the candidature of Mr. Delali Brempong remained valid.
NPP’s Lydia Alhassan polled 12, 041 representing 68.80% of the total valid votes, Delali Brempong of the NDC amassed 5,341, which was 30.52%, William Doworkpor of the PPP had 102 votes, thus, 0.58%, while, Clement Boadi of the LPG had 17 votes, representing 0.10%.
In the election held at 137 polling stations, there was 88,710 registered voters, the total votes cats was 17,859, while, 17,501 valid votes was recorded, with 88 rejected votes.