Police urged to secure order at elections
6/9/2012 9:01:00 AM -
Ho, June 8, GNA- The Police have been asked to ensure law and order at political activities from now until the hand-over of power from an elected government to another, in January 2013.
Monsignor Anthony Kornu, Chairman of the Volta Region Committee for the Enforcement of the Political Parties Code of Conduct, who made the call, asked the Police not to be intimidated by threats from politicians, when discharging their duties.
He made the call at a forum, organized by the Regional Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC), for Police personnel and trainees at the Police Training School, in Ho.
Monsignor Kornu said: 'We need moral authority to check the wrong doer irrespective of the political party he or she might belong to. Hold the political parties, their leaders and cadres in check.'
He reminded the Police that they and their families would be affected by any political conflict in the country.
Mama Agblatsu II, member of the IPDC advised the Police to let their posture reflect the supremacy of the law rather than their political biases.
Chief Superintendent of Police Samuel Owusu-Berko Ho Municipal Police Commander asked the Police to let their attitudes and conduct reflect democratic principles, and to allow people to judge them they way they wanted.
He said because the attitudes of some politicians were unpredictable, nothing should be left to chance.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Wilson Aniagyei, Commander of the Police Training School said the Police must put up a posture that would deter trouble makers.
He advised Police who would be on duty during the election to carry along their own food and water, and refuse such essentials from seemingly friendly people.
DSP Aniagyei appealed to the Police to also be vigilant and secure the safety of electoral materials.
Mr Pontius Pilate Apaabey Baba, Acting Volta Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education advised the Police to be circumspect in their utterances and to act swiftly to situations that could disturb the peace of the country.