Some leading members of the Let My Vote Count Alliance and several other demonstrators were arrested by the police for allegedly defying a directive and attempting to march into the premises of the Electoral Commission during a protest by some pressure groups to demand for a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 polls.
The armed policemen rounded them up, fired tear gas and beat the hell out of them with horse whips in their attempt to force the protesters into submitting to police orders.
The protesters had initially planned to picket at the premises of the EC but the police secured a court order to cancel that and gave a new converging point only on Wednesday morning, which the group vehemently opposed claiming it came late.
Leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko was beaten and 20 other protesters including the convener, David Asante were arrested.
Gabby later tweeted, “I was on a peaceful protest, until tear gas, water canons and police batons dispersed the crowd. Walking back, I got arrested and assaulted…..Whiles in police custody, another police officer walked to me to lash me with horse whip. Later, another two attacked me with batons.”
The demonstration had been generally peaceful until the group tried to access the EC through the Kojo Thompson road. This angered the police who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
But inspite of the how bad today’s protest ended, the pressure groups comprising, Let My Vote Count Alliance, Movement for Change and AFAG have vowed to ensure the Electoral Commission compiles a new electoral roll before the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, those arrested have been granted bail, banewsgh.com understands.