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EC, police silent on attack at Achimota registration centre

Unknown perpetrators attacked some first-time voter applicants at the Electoral Commission’s (EC) Okaikoi North Registration Centre early Sunday morning.

Some of them assaulted at the registration station were hurt and had their cash and cell phones stolen.

Initially, the incident was characterised as a robbery attack.

Both the Commander in Charge of the Achimota Police Station and his constable were unavailable for comment.

A source at the station, however, verified that some of the victims had filed a complaint.

When the GNA reached the Tesano Divisional Commander, he was at a meeting and unable to comment.

Elorm Marion Ama Debrah, a 29-year-old National Democratic Congress (NDC) student and observer, said she was hit with a stick and suffered aches in her right shoulder as a result.

“Some of them had machetes, sticks, and daggers.” They smacked me on the back with a stick. They chased us as we escaped. Despite using an ointment to relieve the ache in my neck, I still have it.”

She told the GNA that they stayed at the centre “because we wanted to ensure that more of our people were registered to vote.”

“A large number of individuals arrived as early as 0200 hours to line… We were awakened about 0520 hours by the sounds of matchets and stick-wielding masked men ordering us to leave the facility immediately. “They beat up on everyone they met,” she stated.

Miss Debrah, on the other hand, said that they had first received threats of violence from anonymous individuals, but they did not take them seriously.

More than 15 people were harmed, and numerous chairs were broken, according to her.

“They came to sabotage the process because they noticed people queuing.” They ransacked everyone and ruined our seats, beat several individuals till they were injured, and then departed in their car.

The injured were sent to 37 military and Achimota hospitals, while others were transported to the Achimota police station. “We’ve also filed a complaint,” she continued.

Faustina Narish Cudjoe, another witness, reported she heard people yelling and goons beating others demanding they leave the facility.

She stated the event happened between 0520 and 0530.

“As soon as I got into my car, I saw armed men in masks with guns, knives, cutlasses, hammers, and sticks yelling at everyone in Twi to leave the centre.” They kept beating victims with anything they had. I hid in my car and saw everything happened.

Madam Cudjoe was fortunate to escape unharmed, but she did lose her handbag and phone.

She hasn’t been able to find them or figure out what happened to them.

The incident on Sunday has sparked worries about the safety and security of the country’s numerous registration facilities.

The MP for Okaikoi North, Theresa Awuni, took to social media to voice her displeasure at the occurrence.

Since then, the Achimota Police Department has apprehended two accused thugs to aid with their investigations.

Eunice Yeboah Quaye, District Electoral Officer of Okaikoi North, and the EC Officials reporting to her declined to comment on the event because they were not there at the time.

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