The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have disclosed their intention to snub the Justice Emile Short Commission of Inquiry probing the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
The setting up of the commission followed the shooting incident that occurred near a La Bawaleshie polling centre that temporarily disrupted the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election and resulted in at least 13 persons sustaining injuries.
The Commission has Mr Justice Emile Short, a former boss of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) as Chairman, with Professor Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu, a legal expert and Mr Patrick K. Acheampong, a former IGP, as members.
A former Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), who is also a private legal practitioner, Mr Ernest Kofi Abotsi, is the Secretary to the Commission.
The three-member Commission begins work today Monday February 11, 2019 and it is expected to take statements from key political actors including the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
However, the NDC who have questioned the credibility of the members of the commission have said they will not comply.
Speaking in an interview, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC in charge of Operations, Peter Boamah Otukunor said the opposition party “will not be part of any charade.”
“We will not be part of any attempt to cover up the heinous crimes and barbaric attacks at last Thursday’s by-election,” he stressed.