There was chaos at Akyem Achiase in the Eastern region during the second confirmation of the District Chief Executive (DCE) nominee for the area on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
Some armed Police officers mercilessly assaulted Assemblymember for Dwirase Anamase Electoral Area, Daniel Yeboah, for demanding transparency in the electoral process.
The assembly member sustained injuries as a result and was rushed to the Oda government hospital.
Speaking to Kasapa News on his hospital bed, the assembly member Daniel Yeboah, explained that, Assembly members surprisingly received letters on Saturday to assemble for second confirmation exercise of the DCE nominee on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
This was after the renominated DCE, Richmond Kofi Amponsah who is Dean of Municipal and District Chief Executives in Eastern region failed to secure two-thirds votes during the first confirmation exercise on September 27, 2021, as he secured 13 out of 22 valid votes cast.
However, according to the Assembly Member, the second election was held in a “secluded” venue instead of the conference Hall of the Assembly which he and other Assembly members raised concern but were heckled by one Francis Gyan, a deputy Eastern Regional Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party who was present and attempted to throw him out of the venue which he resisted.
He alleged that the deputy Regional Organizer and some armed police officers brought from unknown area to the venue attacked and beat him mercilessly just after he stepped out to make a phone call.
“An elected Assembly member raised issue about the fact that the venue where the election was being held was not spacious besides there was light off, and the room was hot so suggested that we move to the conference Hall of the Assembly which is where such gatherings are held. Which is concurred. But suddenly, the armed police came in and attempted to pull me out which I resisted leading to chaos but the Regional Minister intervened and calm was restored.”
He continued that “I went out to make a call then the Regional Deputy Organizer accosted me that I have taken Ghc4000 bribe, then he attacked me. All of a sudden the armed police pounced on me, slapped me, kicked in the abdomen, and even hit my eyes with a blow. They torn my dress and handcuffed me, took away my phone. So I was rushed to the hospital.”
According to the endorsed medical report by Dr. Asante Isaac Adjei, a Medical Officer at Oda Government Hospital the assembly member “suffered multiple lesion. Left side of the cheek was swollen and reddened with multiple abrasion on the hands(alleged to have been from handcuffed ). Abdominal examination reveals tenderness of the Supra pubic “.
No arrest has been made.
Meanwhile, the DCE nominee Richmond Kofi Amponsah polled 15 Yes votes out of 22 valid votes cast to secure confirmation.