Emile Short Cautions Police Against Complacency
5/4/2012 10:11:03 AM -
Emile Short Former CHRAJ boss, Francis Emile Short has said the police service must not be complacent despite the fact that the last phase of the registration exercise has largely been event-free.
The service beefed up security at the various centres following reports of violence in some constituencies in the Greater Accra and the Ashanti regions.
The police came under criticism for doing little to stem those attacks.
Mr. Short who is also a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) taskforce on the enforcement of the political parties’ code of conduct said although the police now had a better grip on the situation, they must work even harder to avert further clashes.
“The last phase of the biometric voters registration exercise has gone on much smoother than the previous weeks in the sense that the police have been able to deal with, in a more orderly manner, differences between political parties,” he acknowledged: “And also they have been able to discharge their functions in a manner sort of to avert the perception that they are being partisan.”
Mr Short hoped the moment would be carried on before, during and after the December 7 elections.
He however cautioned: “I must emphasise that we cannot afford to be complacent because stakes are high in this election.”