During visits by several powerful people, some financial support was given to victims of the 2020 electoral violence, according to a study by the Ghaa Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).
Furthermore, according to CDD, constituency party executives and certain individuals offered assistance to victims and their relatives. However, this type of assistance is contingent on the victims’ and/or their families’ political party involvement.
According to the CDD report, the victims and/or their families made no official reports to the police in almost all of the incidents investigated.
Security officials on the scene took action, and in a few cases, official reports were filed by their political party leaders, according to the report.
“Nearly all of the victims and/or their relatives are unaware of the status of their cases. They appear to rely completely on the police and the media for information. Again, no devoted family member(s) or individual(s) followed up on the cases for updates on a regular basis.
“In a few cases where follow-up was done, it was done by constituency executives of political parties to assist victims who were party members or associates. Four (4) cases are in court, three (3) are still under investigation, three (3) have been referred to the Attorney General’s (AG) office for advice, and two (2) have been settled by the parties involved, according to the report.
The Ghana Police Service has stated that investigations into the violence that occurred in several parts of the country during the 2020 general elections are still ongoing, according to ACP Kwesi Ofori, the Director of Public Affairs for the Ghana Police Service.
He stated that certain cases are ready pending the Attorney General’s office’s advice.
“During the elections, the police did everything they could to assure a successful outcome.” The police took the majority of the flaws and other instances that occurred to court.
“There are some that are under investigation, some that have been referred to the Attorney General’s office for guidance, and some that we are currently looking into.” I believe the Police have performed admirably thus far.
“Being human, there may be some mistakes, and there may be some delays due to technical challenges, because most cases require forensic examinations, field service assessments, expert opinions, and called witnesses.” There are difficulties in obtaining witnesses; yet, some have come forward.
“At the end of the day, I believe we are doing well as a country.” On Wednesday, December 29, 2021 Year In Review, ACP Kwesi Ofori observed, “The Police is democratic in essence.”
The Ghana Police Service revealed in a statement on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 that a total of 61 electoral and post-electoral events were registered nationwide during the polls.
According to the statement, 21 of the occurrences were real cases of electoral violence, with six of them involving bullets and five people killed.
According to the police statement, there were multiple bogus news stories concerning alleged electoral violence.
“However, between 0700 hours on December 7, 2020 and 1000 hours on December 9, 2020, the NESTF’s Joint Operation Centre documented a total of 61 electoral and post-election occurrences around the country.” Twenty-one of the instances are real cases of election violence, with six of them including gunfire that resulted in five deaths, according to the police statement.
Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chair of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), voiced worry over the deaths that marred the 2020 general elections.
“An incredibly worrying challenge is the violence that has resulted in the death of residents of our country,” Mrs Adukwei Mensa stated during an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting in Accra on Tuesday, May 18.
“And we vow to never do it again.” We should never go to an election again and have someone lose their life. Fingers are often directed at the EC in this case, even though security is not the EC’s primary mission.
“Security is not part of our primary mandate, according to the constitution.” I’d like to use this opportunity to emphasize that the EC is not responsible for election security, despite the fact that the entire election and its success are on the Commission’s shoulders. Our constitutionally mandated mission does not include security.”
She also advocated for voting in Ghana’s election to end at 3 p.m. rather than 5 p.m.
“Instead of closing the polls at 5 p.m., we propose closing them at 3 p.m.” In 2019, we stated that in the 2020 Elections, we would close the polls at 3 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. Nonetheless, we were forced to put this plan on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the severe, time-consuming safety precautions we implemented at our polling locations.
“However, this suggestion has resurfaced from various sections of the public in recent months, and indeed, our own experience from the 2020 Elections has proven that it is a practical plan, since most polling locations were empty by 1pm, indicating that it is a workable proposal.” As a result, this is a reform that we aim to implement.”
“We propose to do away with the system of periodic nationwide registration activities, and adopt an all-round system where citizens who turn 18, or who have not previously registered, may visit any district office with their Ghana Card or passport and register as voters,” she said. This will allow us to eliminate nationwide voter registration and reduce election costs significantly.
“We also suggest a year-round exhibition system that will allow citizens to check their registration information on their phones and other mobile devices.” Citizens would not have to wait for an exhibition to verify their information. They will be allowed to do so throughout the year.
“By concentrating data entry only at the Constituency Collation Centre, we plan to improve the efficiency of our data collection operation.” The Constituency Collation Centre will be the entry point for data into the system. At the regional and national levels, the data, i.e. Constituency Collation Results, would be made available to all stakeholders. The technology will generate regional and national reports based on the data collected at the Constituency Collation Centre, with no further data entering required at any of those levels. The problem of minor mistakes in the collation process and excessive delays will be greatly addressed by implementing this approach.”