Pro opposition pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) has finally sued the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor for the last year demonstration horrors they experienced from the police. The police had reportedly unleashed brutal attacks on them last year during a demonstration for the drafting of a new voters’ register.
The demonstrations took place in September 2015 where the group took to the streets of Accra to put pressure on the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register for the country before the 2016 general elections. The group has also sued the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong for this same issue.
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The demonstrations which was expected to be a peaceful protest escalated into a bloody attack, when members of the group clashed with the police over attempts to proceed into the Electoral Commission premises. In a bid to prevent them from gaining access into the premises, and restoring peace, the police reportedly went brutal on them. The police had resorted to releasing rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons on the protesters leaving so many of them wounded.
The IGP was said to have justified the act of the police to use such arms to boycott the protesters.
One of the acknowledged casualties of the protest was a man, Justice Adjakuma, who reportedly lost his left eye to a shot in the process. LMVCA has in view of the damages caused, filed a suit against the IGP. The group has regarded the act as an abuse of their human rights.
According to David Asante, the National Coordinator of the group, they are seeking justice for their members who were brutalized by the Police on the day of the demonstration.
The group had earlier petitioned the United Nations (UN) over the brutalities caused by the police, urging the UN to address the issue and sanction the perpetrators. Furthermore the brutal attack by the police on the protesters attracted a lot of criticisms on the police and the government as a whole.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), also did not hesitate to vent their criticisms on the issue, condemning the act by the Ghana Police Service.