More than 40,000 police personnel have been deployed by the Ghana Police Service to various polling stations across the country to supervise the general elections slated for Friday in the West African country.
Speaking to the press in Accra on Thursday ahead of the polls, Ghana’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Paul Tawiah Quaye said the police are ready to avert any violence before, during and after the elections, warning trouble makers to stay away from causing disturbances.
According to him, additional 5,000 army personnel have been put on standby for outbreak of any violence during the period. He warned ballot box snatchers and violent contractors that the security agencies would deal drastically with them if they venture into disturbing the peace during the polls because Ghana has chosen the path of democracy since 1992 and that no one or group of people could subvert the sovereignty and the will of the people by snatching ballot boxes.
The police boss maintained that Ghana has come of age in terms of democracy and would not countenance any subversion of the Friday’s election which stakes are high between the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by President John Dramani Mahama and the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader, William Nana Akufo Addo.
The media was invited to witness the deployment of the security forces from the regional capitals to the district levels as the men in uniform sang and bid bye-bye to the media practitioners.
The well-armed men and women told the press that they are ready to protect the country from electoral violence because some of them had witnessed destruction of some countries in their peacekeeping operations.
Source African Press Agency
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