Police Fires Tear Gas Into LMVC Demonstrators

The police has fired teargas into demonstrators in Accra who are pushing for a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 elections in Ghana.

There is total chaos at the Holy Spirit Cathedral area as the demonstrators being led by the Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) pressure group veered towards the Electoral Commission premises.

The armed police personnel dispersed the teeming crowd with tear gas and water canon following a court order restraining the demonstrators from picketing at the electoral body because it is a security zone.

‘The police is also using water canon to restrain the crowd,’ Starr News’ Kobby Gomez-Mensah reported from the scene. ‘There is no convergence… everyone has scattered.’

Gomez-Mensah said there is heavy Police presence at the premises of the Electoral Commission in Accra following threats by LMVCA and their counterparts that they will go ahead to picket at the premises.

The Ghana Police Service secured an injunction Tuesday to restrain the LMVCA, the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) and the Movement for Change from picketing at the EC.

However, in a counter statement, the three pressure groups said: ‘The organisers of the unprecedented picketing at EC tomorrow [Wednesday], will like to assure the general public that the event is coming on as planned.

‘We have met with the Police and they are ready to provide us with adequate security. And we have agreed on a route.

‘We will converge from 6am to 8am at the Obra Spot on Wednesday, September 16 to begin our march to meet the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, to picket at the Commission and present our petition. Accompanied by drumming and dancing, our all white protest is to drum home the case for a new voters’ register for 2016.’


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