Police disperse NDC protest at Electoral Commission headquarters

The NDC supporters who thronged the EC offices were wielding placards with inscriptions such as “Stolen Verdict” and “Don’t politicise the military”

Supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have massed up at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in Accra to protest the outcome of the 7 December elections.

Police had to spray water cannon to disperse the irate youth as they set car tyres ablaze in the middle of the busy road.

The supporters who thronged the EC headquarters at 8am were wielding placards with inscriptions such as “Stolen verdict” and “Don’t politicise the military”.

Police have beefed up security around the Electoral Commission offices and have since blocked access to the precinct. The changes have led to heavy traffic around the Asylum Down and Kanda areas.

Speaking to GHOne TV, the Greater Accra regional chairman of the NDC, Ade Coker, said the party was delivering a petition to the EC when the confrontation began.

“There were gunshots and tear gas by the police and we are now looking for a way to send the petition,” he said.

Asked whether the police had been notified, Coker said the NDC supporters were exercising their constitutional right. “We are running a peaceful demonstration,” he said.

One of the supporters claimed that two colleagues had been whisked away by the police to an unknown location.


It was not the first time supporters of the party had gathered at the EC office to protest against the election results.

The NDC had earlier issued a statement announcing that it would be picketing the headquarters of the Electoral Commission of Ghana for two days.

“By this notice, we calling on all party members, cadres, all Ghanaians who cast their vote for change, to mass up at the headquarters of the EC,” the notice said.

The NDC said the picketing is to drum home “our collective resolve and rejection of the flawed election results declared by Jean Adukwei Mensa, chairperson of the EC”.

“All participants to this protest [sic] are to bring along water, food and mats to spend the night.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a responsibility to send a message to the people who think Ghana belongs to them alone,” the notice said. “This is our time to fight and correct the wrongs in our society and institutions.”

Fred Dzakpata

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