Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya East Constituency Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson has admitted to claims that she fired a gunshot at a registration centre in her constituency.
According to her, she took the gun from her police escort and went to the registration centre to patrol the place which led to her firing the firearm to dispel distractors.
In an interview, the Special Development Initiatives Minister said she did it with no ulterior motive and did not go to the centre to intimidate her competitor.
“I’m a Member of Parliament, I need to protect myself. It was at dawn, my police escort had not started work yet. So that is a mechanism I have adopted in his absence,” she said.
“None of my men had guns on then when we got to the centre. I fired the shots myself,” she said in an interview said on Adom FM.
Earlier Monday, Officials of the Electoral Commission closed down the Kasoa Peace Town Top Hill Down polling centre registration centre in the Awutu Senya East constituency after gun-wielding men stormed the premises.
Eyewitnesses say, the men numbering at least 15 arrived at the centre around 8 am and tried to sack some prospective voters. The Parliamentary Candidate on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) accused the sitting MP of perpetuating the act.
Meanwhile, police say four persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.