Ghana: 26 NDC supporters arrested for protesting Akufo-Addo’s victory

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The Ghana police have declared the arrest of 26 supporters of the resistance National Democratic Congress (NDC).

They were captured for fighting close to the workplaces of the Electoral Commission (EC) in Accra against the results of the 7 December 2020, general election.

A large number of the protesters occupied major streets leading to the EC’s head office, consuming lorry tires and pelting stones, causing weighty vehicular traffic.

The police scattered the dissenters “utilizing a non-deadly mob control the executive’s approach and captured 26 protestors all the while”, the police said in a statement.

Deputy Superintendent of Police DSP), Afia Tenge, said in a press release that all the suspects were “being taken through due process and provisionally cautioned on offences of unlawful assembly, holding of special event without notification and obstruction”.

She said those found culpable would be arraigned at the court.

The NDC has refused to accept defeat in the 7 December general elections, won by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The NDC believes that the result was skewed in favour of the incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The EC said President Akufo-Addo won with 51.59 per cent of the votes while former President John Mahama of the NDC had 47.36 per cent votes. There were 12 candidates.

In the closely contested election, the final parliamentary seat in the 275-seat parliament was declared for the NDC on Thursday, giving NDC and NPP 137 seats each.

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