The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor has reiterated his consideration to ban social media in the upcoming election should the need be.
According to him, some section of the public abusively use social media to create fear and panic by sharing false information to their counterparts which in return stir up controversy among the people.
Mr. Kudalor who was addressing police personnel and some section of the media at the Eastern Regional headquarters as part of his two days tour affirmed that this year’s election would be keenly contested hence the need for the police to proactively plan for the task ahead.
The visit was aimed at ascertaining the region’s preparedness towards enhancing a peaceful election and also to inspect the equipment and facilities available in the region.
He noted that to ensure the passage of true and accurate information to the general public, the police Information Communication and Technology Department would be strengthened effectively, in addition to educating the public about the consequences of passing on false information to others.
The IGP indicated that for peace to be achieved before, during and after the election, police personnel must put proactive measures in place to curtail any occurrence of violence.
Mr. Kudalor also cautioned police personnel to abstain from partisan politics, indicating that anyone found throwing his/her support to a political party would be severely penalised according to the rules and regulations of the service.
The IGP urged the Eastern Regional Police Command, to put proactive measures in place by engaging all political parties, youth groups and the media to prevent the occurrences of violence.
He also assured the regional police command of adequate logistics and equipment they would need to provide security for all and also promised a 60-seater and 30-seater vehicle to the region by the end of September.
He also encouraged them to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
For his part, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Peterkin Yentumu Gyinae, promised the region’s commitment to ensure peace at the end of the election.
From: David Kodjo, Koforidua.