In an effort to ensure a peaceful election, the Nima Security Task Force of the Ghana Police Service has held a forum for parliamentary aspirants under its constituency.
Participants at the forum were representatives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Convention People’s Party (CPP), and an independent candidate drawn from the Klottey Korle Constituency, Ayawaso East and Central.
The aim of the forum was to discuss and map out strategies that would enhance security in the election.
Addressing the participants, the Nima Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vance Gariba said there was the need to engage parliamentary candidates in security issues, in order for them to educate their followers.
According to ACP Gariba, his outfit would provide equal opportunity for all the political candidates, therefore the candidates should also impress on their followers not to interfere with the work of the task force.
“Any political party that would flout the regulations concerning election or commit a crime and expect us to support them would rather be allowed to face the full rigours of the law,” he said.
ACP Gariba said though there were no history of violence in his jurisdiction, there remained some flashpoints that needed to be handled to mitigate tension.
Madam Hagar Rachel Owusu, district electoral officer, Klottey Korle Constituency said the commission has put measures in place for a successful election.
She called on the leaders of political parties to educate their members and preach peace for a stable country.
“The aspirants should educate their followers especially party agents well about the regulation so that they do not misbehave at the polling stations,” she said.
The parliamentary candidate of the NDC for Klottey Korle Constituency Ms. Zenator Rawlings said the interest of the people of Ghana was key; therefore she would support the task force to ensure peace.
The NPP parliamentary aspirant for the Ayawaso Central Henry Quartey commended the task force for organising the programme.
He was optimistic that deliberation would yield good results and pledged to support the police to combat any criminal activities that may emerge during the election.
Mr. Awua –Peasah. Gyenyame, CPP parliamentary aspirant for Ayawaso Central also called on macho men not to avail themselves to be used by politicians for nefarious activities that could mar the peace of the country.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong.