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04.09.2012 Politics

Ghana's democratic credentials touted as model-Mr Aboah

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Accra, Sept.4, GNA - Ghana's multi-party democracy has been touted as a model in contemporary democratic dispensation in Africa.

Mr William Kwesi Aboah, Minister of the Interior, who made the observation, said Ghana's enviable democratic success has raised the nation's profile on the world political stage.

The minister was speaking at the official launched of the Election Training Programme for Law Enforcement Agencies, in preparation for Election 2012 Election, in Accra on Monday.

Mr Aboah said Ghana had since 1992, organized four successful elections in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

He said the achievement was due to the “profusions of professionalism, vigilance, selflessness, non-partisanship, hard work and commitment of our security agencies”.

Mr Aboah gave the assurance that government would continue to equip the security agencies to deal with miscreants, who might decide to mar the electoral process.

Mr Aboah reminded the people that political violence results in violence and stagnation of economic development and “Ghana is not ready to tread on such dangerous road”.

He said the Ghanaian authorities in collaboration with the British government, had prepared a comprehensive training programme aimed at equipping and building the capacity of security agencies in the country.

The Minister expressed optimism that the programme would meet potential security challenges before, during and after Election 2012 .

Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye, the Inspector General of Police, said the participants would be made to undergo simulation exercises.

He said a platform has also been created, as part of the training, to enable security agents to interact with seasoned resource persons to share with them lessons learnt from previous elections in Ghana and other parts of the world.

Mr Quaye said: “Very importantly, this unique programme is to help identify special equipment and election specific tools needed and how to effectively handle them to ensure smooth operationalisation of the election activities”.


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