The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong, has expressed confidence in the Ghana Police Service to ensure peace and security during the elections.
This followed her observation of a simulation exercise to exhibit the preparedness of the police towards the election.
She had led the Chinese Community in Tema, to present 15 motorcycles to the Police Administration to facilitate their work.
Addressing the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor, and his team from the National Headquarters as well as personnel of the Tema Regional Command the Chinese Ambassador was optimistic that the Police Administration was up to the task to ensure a peaceful election.
She observed that the Police had over the years opened a safe environment for all people including Chinese nationals and this she expressed appreciation to them while giving the assurance that the Chinese Embassy would not tolerate or cover up for any of its citizenry who flouts the laws of the nation during the election and beyond.
The IGP, Mr. John Kudalor who received the motorcycles expressed appreciation to Ms. Sun, while assuring her that they would be put to good use and well maintained.
Meanwhile addressing the Police personnel in Tema as part of his working visit to the region, Mr. Kudalor said the Police would leave no stone unturned to ensure a peaceful election.
He charged the personnel not to take partisan stands or else be severely dealt with and called on them to be fair and firm, ensure a conducive environment for voters to cast their vote without fear and also follow the course of justice for the election results to be accepted by all.
The Inspector General of Police called on the media to work in collaboration with the Police while highlighting the need for journalists to cross check their facts thoroughly before putting them across.
He used the occasion to inspect the various logistics under the region to assess their level of readiness and also be abreast of some challenges they may be experiencing to address them.
The Director General of Operations for the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yehuno emphasised the need for personnel to call for reinforcement when they observe that situations at polling stations could get out of hand instead of waiting until it degenerates because the repercussions could be worst.
He said it was important that personnel on duty were extra vigilant so that they alert their superiors on time disclosing that there would be enough personnel on standby to quickly move in to respond to situations.
The Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Paul Manly Awini disclosed that the Police among other measures had categorised the region into 23 tactical zones for the purposes of effective policing in flash points.
He said this was being done in the face of current law, order, and security dynamics, particularly in some of the flash areas as the Police recognised that a lot needed to be done to sustain the prevailing relative peace in the region.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema.