Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Hawa Koomson, has admitted firing gunshots at a voter registration centre in the Central Region.
“It was my gun. I fined my own warning shot,” she told Adom News, in an interview monitored by theghanareport.com.
The minister who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya East claimed her opponent, Phylis Naa Koryoo, had bused some people into the constituency to register at the Steps to Christ registration post at Kasoa.
Hawa Koomson said she was accompanied to the center with her men, who were unarmed.
She said she witnessed intimidating scenes at the polling station with some motorbikes making furious turns around the center. She believes it was men recruited by her opponent to cause fear.
“I realized that my people’s life was in danger. I wanted to scare them,” she said, explaining why she fired her gun, which she said was licensed.
According to eyewitnesses account, at least 15 men stormed the venue and tried to sack some applicants, suspected to have come from outside the region.
Hawa Koomson has said she would ‘not allow non-residents to come into the area to choose the next MP’.
Officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) had to flee during a confusion at the centre which led to violence.
This resulted in a brawl leading to gunshots and the burning off some motorbikes set at the venue.
Four persons have so far been arrested.
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