Police ban motorbikes from polling stations


COP Tetteh Yohuno

The Police Service has banned motorbikes from going anywhere near polling stations on election day.

It warned that anyone seen riding a motorbike within a 100-metre radius of a polling station will be arrested.

Similarly, unregistered vehicles would not be tolerated near polling stations, and should stay away within the same radius.

The Director-General of Police Operations, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno in an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

He explained that the ban was part of measures being taken by the Police Administration to ensure security at all the polling stations for an incident–free polls.

COP Yohuno, said it had come to the notice of the police that during such occasions, some people tried to cause violence to mar the electoral process, after which, they jumped onto  motorbikes or unregistered vehicles and sped off.

“All that Ghanaians want is peaceful elections, and as security agents, we would not countenance any behaviour that seeks to mar the elections,” he warned.

Mr. Yohuno stated that the National Elections Security Task Force was poised to carry out its duty dispassionately, to foil any attempt at disrupting the electoral process.

He  said patrol teams would also be patrolling the polling stations to halt any act of violence.

The Director-General said though a series of educational programmes had been organised by organisations and religious bodies to sensitise the public to the dos and don’ts of elections, there was the need to intensify the education in all spheres.

COP Yohuno urged the electorate to obey electoral rules and warned against the use objects such as stones, sticks, buckets to form queues.

He said in their quest to secure their position in queues, some voters put stones, sticks, buckets, coal pots, cooking utensils, car tyres and sometimes hoes and cutlasses in the place.


By Francis Asamoah Tuffour







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