The National Election Security Task Force has sounded a word of caution to party thugs, private security outfits as well as trouble makers to stay away from polling stations before and during the 2020 polls on December 7.
The word of caution was sounded by Director of Operations at the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba at a forum organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for the Leadership of Parliament, the Security Agencies, Political Parties, and Independent Governance Institutions at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel, Accra.
According to the Director of Operations at the Ghana Police Service, only uniformed personnel deployed by the state security agencies will be entertained at the polling stations on Election Day.
Presenting a paper on the topic “The State of Security Preparations for the 2020 Elections” Dr. Gariba indicated firmly that, this year’s election management will be solely handled by the Electoral Commission (EC) officials and officers deployed by state security agencies.
“These duties shall be performed by uniformed personnel of all the security agencies. Anybody who is not in uniform is unauthorized – private security agencies are not part of it election management.” He reiterated.
Dr. Gariba hinted that his outfit has begun training its officers who will be deployed for election-related duties in December 2020.
“The Service will also provide adequate Personal Protective equipment to deployed police officers.
This is to ensure the safety of all personnel who will be required to work.” Director of Operations at the Ghana Police Service noted.
We’re Ready To Maintain Law And Order
The Ghana Police Service has reassured that violent acts in some constituencies during the voter registration exercise shall be a thing of the past as the country approaches the December polls.
The security service stated that it has put in place measures to curb and prevent violence before, during and after the 2020 general election.
The Director of Operations of the Service, Dr Gariba said the service was paying keen attention to several incidents. Saying the national security task force has drawn lessons that would inform deployments of officers on the Election Day.
“The national security task force keeps on reviewing its strategy by considering issues in the country and the clash at Odododiodio constituency over the weekend.
“We are considering how these events will influence the service’s deployment. We will factor them and other relevant issues as well,” he stated.
The Director of Operations added that the initiative will not only ensure such violent incidents do not reoccur but also restore the hope the citizenry has in the security force.
Dr Sayibu Pabi Gariba mentioned several localities in the country that would have extra attention from the police based on research taken by the service in the upcoming election.
“These are areas of interest. We will be looking at Bono Region, Adwira, Asokore Mampong, Sekyi Odumase in the Ashanti Region, Kasoa, Ajumako among others,” he said.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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