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28.04.2008 Politics

Ash Reg. Police Meet Political Parties

By Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi -
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THE Ashanti Regional Police Command has conferred with the political parties here to strategise on how to ensure peaceful election in December.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Seth Charles Oteng, Commander of the region, reiterated the need for the parties to adhere to the dictates of the Public Order Act in the conduct of their political activities towards a healthy political environment.

This is contained in a release issued by the Regional Police Public Affairs Unit.

It said the commander urged representatives of the political parties to be abreast of the Public Order Act and other relevant laws to make sure that they inform the police in writing not less than five clear days before any event and 'should the police request the organisers to postpone or relocate the event, the organisers shall within 48-hours notify the police in writing to comply with the Act'.

The Police Command, the release said was taking steps to invite the Electoral Commission to educate the political parties and other stakeholders on their roles and responsibilities in the electoral process.

Political parties represented were the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) and the Reform Patriotic Democrates (RPD).

They commended the police for the initiative and agreed in principle to help strengthen the rapport between them.

The parties called on the police to remain neutral and fair in their dealings with all the political parties in order to further enhance their confidence.

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