The Ashanti Regional Police Command is to conduct thorough search on vehicles to arrest and prosecute people found with guns and other offensive weapons, ahead of the election.
According to the Regional Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Nathan Kofi Boakye, anyone who would be found with any weapon would be dealt with severely.
“The Police are going to conduct a search of vehicles before, during and after the election and any weapon found would be confiscated,” COP Boakye declared.
Addressing a section of the media and police officers in Kumasi, COP Boakye stated that the initiative was to help the police combat crime and keep peace in the region as the presidential and parliamentary election approach.
He stated that it was unlawful to carry unregistered weapon at a public place without a reason and even if it was registered, “the owner is not supposed to carry it on the day of election”.
He said the police would ensure that there was absolute peace in the region during the election, and also check criminal activities.
COP Boakye reminded police officers about their duties and responsibilities towards the election and urged them to be proactive in the course of administering their electoral duties.
“In this election, not only your actions, but your inactions are going to be keen in ensuring free, fair and impartial election. As police commanders, you have a critical role to play in this election which is to maintain law and order”, he stated.
COP Boakye cautioned media practitioners against sensationalism as they could create unnecessary tension among the people.
FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI