The Member of Parliament (MP), Mavis Hawa Koomson has admitted to firing shots at a voter registration centre.
The incident happened on Monday, July 20, 2020. When questioned by media authorities, the member of parliament for the Awutu Senya East Constituency claimed she only fired the shots “to protect herself”.
Ms Koomson who doubles as the Minister of Special Development Initiatives, said in a television interview on Adom TV on Monday evening said she fired “warning shots” because “there were no police around”.
She said she went to the centre after receiving information that people from outside the constituency were bussed to register there as voters. According to her, she received information last week that, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were bussing people from outside the constituency, from Gomoa East and Nsawam to come and register at the Step to Christ polling station.
She claimed that a particular polling station was her [NPP] stronghold and has never lost an election in that polling station [2012 and 2016]. She said she told her “boys” that when they see it again, they should call her. Little did her boys know she had pre-planned “a scare off.”
As soon as she got the information that it was happening, she decided to visit the registration. According to her, when she arrived at the scene, there were some boys on motorbikes who surrounded her vehicle, so when she felt, her life was in danger, she fired the warning shots.
The incident occurred at the centre situated at the Step to Christ polling station. Reports indicate there were other gunshots apart from the one from Hawa Koomson.
Some motorbikes were burnt at the centre and EC officials at the centre were attacked as well during the confusion which disrupted the registration process for a while.
The police later intervened and arrested four people after the shooting. A gun was seized by the police.
The Ghana Police has said the MP, Hawa Koomson will be invited as part of investigations.