The Kasoa divisional police command has arrested four suspects over violence that occurred at the Step to Christ voters’ registration centre in Awutu Senya East in the Central Region.
The suspects, Sulley Razak, Majeed Amadu, Suleiman Yusuf and Razak Musah, are alleged to have fired gunshots at the registration centre, disrupting the registration process.
The action by the suspects forced officials of the Electoral Commission to close down the registration centre.
Eyewitnesses say that the men, numbering about 15, arrived at the centre around 8am and tried to prevent some applicants from going through registration. This resulted in a scuffle in which gunshots were fired and three motorbikes burned.
The three burnt motorbikes have been retrieved by the police from the registration centre.
The suspects have since been transferred to the regional police headquarters in Cape Coast for further investigation.
The police retrieved a gun from the gang, which went on a shooting spree at the registration centre.
Speaking to Asaase Radio, the public relations officer of the Central Regional Police Command, Detective Superintendent of Police Irene Oppong, said: “A complainant from Kasoa Peace Town called at the divisional police command to report that while registration was ongoing, some thugs raided the centre and one person from the group fired a gun to scare the people who had queued to register at the centre.”
She said, “The police proceeded to the scene and arrested the four suspects.”
Meanwhile the two main parliamentary aspirants for the Awutu Senya East seat – Hawa Koomson for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Phyllis Naa Koryoo for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) – have been meeting with the Kasoa Divisional Police Command in connection wtih the incident.
NDC activists say Koomson took actions that inflamed the situation.