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NDC wants Emile Short report published ‘without any delay’

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has charged  President Nana Akufo Addo to publish the report of the Emile Short Commission “without any delay”.

The Short Commission tasked to investigate  the Ayawaso by election violence competed its job and presented its findings to the Flagstaff House last month.

The NDC in a statement on Monday  described the delay as “a blatant disregard for the principles of transparency and accountability that the President swore to uphold”.

It said it is high time the President released  the report, accusing him of “sitting on the report and have challenged him to make the report  public

“We recall that the Short Commission presented its report to the President on 15th March, 2019, and yet till date – almost a month, the President for some unknown reason, is sitting on the said report,” the statement read.

Read full statement below

PUBLISH EMILE SHORT COMMISSION REPORT NOW.

The National Democratic Congress calls on the President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo, to without any delay, publish in full, the report of the Emil Short Commission of Enquiry which was set up by the President to investigate the circumstances surrounding the violence that broke out during the bye-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency on 31st January, 2019.

We recall that the Short Commission presented its report to the President on 15th March, 2019, and yet till date – almost a month, the President for some unknown reason, is sitting on the said report.

This is a blatant disregard for the principles of transparency and accountability that the President swore to uphold. In spite of the fact that the NDC boycotted the proceedings of the Commission, we believe that the Ayawaso West Wuogon issue is a matter of intense national and international interest, and that the people of Ghana deserve to know the findings and recommendation of the Commission.

What makes this demand imperative is the fact that till date, the perpetrators of the violence at the bye-election who were captured live on videos, are still free and walking the streets of Ghana.

What is even more disturbing is that we still do not know the status of the police investigation into the said matter, despite assurances to the country.

In the circumstances, we call on the President to cause to be published the full report of the Emil Short Commission immediately.

Signed,
SAMMY GYAMFI
National Communication Officer

Issued in Accra, on this 8th day of April, 2019.

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