The Yilo Krobo Police have picked up one person in connection with vandalism and alleged theft at the constituency office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region.
The incident happened a few hours to a balloting exercise which was to have been conducted by the constituency election committee on January 18, 2020, for candidates contesting in the parliamentary primaries.
The men vandalised the office, destroyed computers, a sliding glass door, and some documents at the office.
Speaking to Citi News, the Municipal Police Commander for Yilo Krobo, DSP Isaac Kojo Otsin, said police have commenced investigations into the incident.
“It is very early. It is under investigation. We picked one person who is assisting the police in the investigations…After the investigations, we will know whether they vandalised the office because of the balloting or for what purpose that they did that. The truth will come out soon. We saw that the place has been vandalised. According to the secretary, they have taken some money and items from the office. For now, we will extend police patrols to the office,” he said.
The primaries in the area had been put on hold following a petition by a branch chairman calling for the disqualification of one of the aspirants, Albert Nyakotey Tetteh.
The branch chairman claimed that Mr. Tetteh is not a member of the party.
After months of investigating the matter, Albert Nyakotey Tetteh was cleared to contest.
This is believed to have influenced the infuriated petitioners who stormed the constituency and allegedly vandalised the property.
The party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, after an earlier meeting with some other party executives cleared the aspirant to contest in the primary.
The constituency was authorised to conduct the balloting which precedes the primary scheduled for February 8.