*The Ugly Face of Democracy*

During and after the Atiwa by-election about a week ago, the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) complained of harassment and intimidations of their supporters by hired macho men of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Senior members of the NPP, including its National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, were loudly heard on radio stations, including Joy FM, Citi FM, Peace FM, and Oman, claiming that NPP members were being harassed and even killed by NDC thugs.

Contrary to events described by NPP, it was rather their supporters who made the polling stations appear to look like battlefield as captured by cameramen stationed in the Atiwa Constituency.

Details emerging have revealed the claims were false -nobody was found dead as the party claimed, nobody was driven way from polling station. The situation was rather the opposite, indeed the Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ransford Moses Ninson described the process as peaceful except some few injuries which were recorded.

The exclusive picture (above) shows a group of NPP irate youth who had been called into action by their leaders to disrupt the electoral process and thereby prevent NDC and other political parties’ members from casting their vote. The NPP hierarchy even exploited children less than 10 years for their selfish interest which political analysts describe as impolitic.