The Minister for Special Development Initiative, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has openly admitted to firing a warning shot on Monday during the melee at the Step to Christ registration centre in the Awutu Senya East Constituency.
Four men have been detained at the Central Regional Police Headquarters following the shooting incident. Registration at the Step to Christ centre was halted after armed gang sacked some prospective voters from the premises amid gunshots.
At least three motorbikes were burnt during the chaos.
“I can’t sit and watch people who are not from the constituency register and vote at Kasoa so I decided to go to the polling center to ensure foreigners don’t register… I took men to the center, none of my men had a weapon, I fired the warning shot myself,” the minister admitted to Accra-based Adom News.Kasoa.
The minister, who is also the lawmaker for the area, is accusing her opponent Philis Naa Koryoo of busing people into the constituency to register at the Steps to Christ registration post at Kasoa.
Koomson said her action was meant to scare people off.
“I realized that my people’s life was in danger. I wanted to scare them,” the 54-year old added in connection with the warning shot.
Currently, the registration centre has been closed down as the Electoral Commission officers at the venue have fled following the violence.
Source: Daily Mail GH