The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has promised to give the utmost attention to the findings and recommendations that have been made available by the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry, which was established to inquire into the incidents of violence that occurred during the 31st January, 2019, by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.
The President made this known after receiving the commission’s report in a short ceremony at the Jubilee house in Accra.
Presenting the report to President Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 14th March, 2019, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Emile Short, was confident that, President Akufo-Addo will find these findings and recommendations useful in shaping reforms for the future.
He thanked the President for this initiative, and commend his resolve to stamp out the evil of electoral violence from Ghana’s politics.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Members of the Commission, and all others associated with its work, for agreeing to provide their services to the people of Ghana.
“The circumstances under which the unfortunate incident occurred might have proved somewhat difficult for others, but you did not hesitate to accept the assignment and the work that you have done has been in the public domain.
The whole country has seen the transparent nature of the proceedings and we have all followed it, obviously with great care and attention. I am happy that at long last it has come to an end”. He said.
The President assured that “the findings and the recommendations that have been made by the committee, will be given the greatest attention by him and the members of his government.
He continued, “We have a responsibility of ensuring the maintenance of law and order in our country and that responsibility is not one that can be abdicated on any occasion, so to the extent that this commission can help us, its findings and recommendations can help us advance the course of law and order in our country, I welcome it. It will be the subject of close study”.
Nana Akufo-Addo, was of the hope that, recommendations and findings will help on the road to ridding the nation of this canker of electoral and politically related violence, as has, unfortunately, become part of the culture of our politics.
He reassured the people of Ghana to go about their normal duties, including exercising their constitutional and political rights in an atmosphere of peace and freedom.