The National Democratic Congress has noted with great distress the news of the burning of the
Tano South Municipal Electoral Commission’s office which occurred in the early hours of Sunday, 23rd May 2021.
We consider this incident a very unfortunate development, especially as recent preliminary investigations reveal that a match box, a pinch bar and door handles were found at the scene of the fire outbreak.
Indeed credible information of evidential value reveals that the EC building was broken into through the rear door.
This undisputed preliminary fact, clearly puts the investigation in the
direction of a well-calculated case of arson.
The NDC is convinced that this is yet another clear testimony of a blatant attack on our democracy.
It may be recalled that there is an ongoing court case involving the Electoral Commission, the NPP MP and the NDC 2020 Parliamentary Candidate for Tano South in the Wenchi High Court. This
court processes shall involve the inspection of critical election materials and documents relating
to the disputed 2020 parliamentary elections in the Tano South Constituency.
We hold the view that this case of suspected arson of the office of the Electoral Commission of
the Tano South Municipality may have everything to do with the ongoing electoral dispute in the said constituency.
Accordingly, we are convinced that whoever perpetrated this dastardly act of arson did so with a
criminal intent calculated at destroying evidence or concealing critical electoral documents
containing information that could expose the Electoral Commission or the other party in the
dispute whose electoral fortunes may be grossly affected by such documents and/or information if exposed in open court.
We therefore use this opportunity to call on the Ministry of Interior, the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Fire Service and the national office of the Electoral Commission to speed up the investigations on the fire outbreak in order to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to
Peter Boamah Otokunor
Deputy General Secretary (OPS)