Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh has charged security agencies across the country to exhibit firmness and fairness in the conduct of their duties during this year’s electioneering period.
According to him, the professionalism demonstrated by the country’s security services must be sustained as Ghanaians go to the polls in barely two weeks.
“What we expect is for you to be professional – attend to your duties but be sure that you are firm. Do not be intimidated by anybody just as you’re not going to intimidate anybody,” he told the troops.
The IGP made these calls while addressing the National Election Security Taskforce made up of personnel from the Military, Police, Immigration, Fire Service, and National Security, Customs, Immigration Service, Ambulance Services and other at the beginning of a route march across Accra.
The route march forms part of the nationwide route march exercise to announce the readiness of the security service to ensure a peaceful and violence free elections.
“This march is intended not to intimidate anybody. But it is to show everybody that we are prepared to protect all citizens, residents and the ballot,” the IGP said on Thursday ahead of a peace march.
Mr. Oppong-Boanuh highlighted the need to protect the ballot by getting ahead of any disturbance that may erupt at polling centres to protect the sanctity of the ballot.
The National Election Security Taskforce is expected to deploy 6,794 personnel nationwide to ensure law and order before, during and after the December polls.
The taskforce will guard all the 275 coalition centres and 40,000 polling stations across the country.
The route march was replicated in all 16 regions of the country.
In the Western Region, Commander of the Western Naval Command, Commodore Samuel Walker urged the security services to protect the integrity of the polls and not to allow anyone to sway them off their oath to protect this country at the peril of their lives.
He said Ghana’s record in peace keeping is well known all over the world and that it’s time “to defend our own country”, and he is hopeful that “we are going to improve upon what ever we have done in the previous elections.”
“I will however remind you that you should not allow your ranks to be infiltrated by any individual or group of individuals, let’s remain united and fight for a common course,” he said.