Security services in the Central Region have taken their turn in the “Nationwide Sensitisation Walk for Peaceful Election 2016,” in Cape Coast, with a call on stakeholders to play their roles effectively to ensure violent-free elections in December.
Personnel of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), led by their respective regional commanders, walked through the principal streets of Cape Coast, amidst brass band music.
The walk was on the theme: “Sustaining peace before, during and after elections: The role of political parties”, and featured peace ambassador, sportsman and ex-fire officer, Isaac Annan, from Efutu in the region.
The Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Kwame Takyi Poku, said the police had been trained in public order management and anti-riot control to ensure violent-free elections.
He said regional and district election taskforces had been set up to handle electoral issues and maintain law and order, and a political desk instituted to monitor and deal with issues associated with election campaigns.
ACP Poku asked the media to be circumspect in their reportage, and urged Ghanaians to promote peace ahead of election 2016.
The Regional Minister, Mr. George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, urged political stakeholders to jealously guard the peace in the country.
Mr Annan, cautioned Ghanaians to avoid actions and utterances that could plunge the country into chaos.
Mr. Coleman Darko, Sensitisation Walk coordinator, appealed to Ghanaians to promote peace and unity as the December polls approaches.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast