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25.10.2008 Regional News

Election Task Force Out-doored

By Daily Guide

AS PART of efforts to ensure that the December general election is violence-free, a 34-man Security Task Force was inaugurated on Thursday at a short ceremony in Tema.

  In an address, ACP John Kudalor, Tema Regional Police Commander, emphasised the need for security agencies in the country to strategise to enable the country face the challenges ahead so as to continue enjoying the current peace and stability in the country.

The Task Force, he noted, will not tolerate any acts of violence that would destabilise the peace of the country as it had taken a cue from what happened in other African countries where socio-economic activities ceased and innocent people suffered because of chaos.

ACP Dr. Akuffo Dampare, Chairman of the Task Force, stressed the need for educational programmes to create awareness to the general public to desist from unlawful acts as well as make Ghanaians understand the importance of elections and the need for all to tolerate each others' views in a democratic way.

He added that the Police and their allied agencies have the mandate to bring to book perpetrators of violence.

Mr. Ambrose Godson Amamoo of the Information Services Department reminded the media of its crucial role in the forthcoming elections and appealed to the press to ensure the sustenance of democracy in the electoral process and avoid being bias in their reportage.

The Tema Metro Electoral Officer, Mike Boadu, stressed that it was only the Electoral Commission that had the right to declare results of the polls.

The Task Force consists of personnel of the Police, Military, Fire Service, CEPS, Immigration, Navy, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), National Security, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Information Services Department and the Electoral Commission.

From Kenneth Yankah, Tema