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Election campaigns and road accidents

Election campaigns and road accidents
Election campaigns and road accidents

Political Parties travel around the country to campaign for votes during election years but what has become synonymous to such political travels is the various degrees of road accident which has led to injuries and even death of some politicians.

As of September this year, road accident figures showed that 10,535 crashes had occurred, with 10, 933 injuries and 1,828 deaths. Of these figures, a significant number is said to be election-related. Three National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives in the Eastern Region were involved in a serious accident on November 27 when they were returning from a campaign tour.

Their vehicle reportedly veered from the road and the vehicle somersaulted five times before landing in a ditch. Majority of the people were injured and taken to the Regional Hospital in Koforidua for treatment. On the same day, similar situation occurred when other supporters of the same party were involved in an accident at Brohane junction in the Tain district of the Ahafo Region.

Again, in the early hours of Sunday, November 29, the Bono  Regional Chairman for the New Patriotic Party, Kwame Baffoe Abronye also encountered a fatal accident with his entourage when they were returning from an organized rally at Atuna in the Jaman South constituency. Other similar accidents include six NDC supporters dying with fifty injured at Ejura.

It is also recorded that the convoy of the second Lady, Samira Bawumia was involved in an accident at Ofoase Kokoben on 23rd November with 10 injured and three in critical condition. As campaign activities heat up, tours around the country will intensify, political parties are therefore entreated to be more careful on the roads to avert more of such carnages.

BY: Sannie Agyeiwaa Gloria

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