Police Command to meet EC officials soon-IGP

The Police Command would this month meet with officials of the Electoral Commission as part of its stakeholder engagement to work for a peaceful and successful general election in November.

Addressing a durbar of Police personnel at Cape Coast, as part of his working visit to the Central Region, Mr John Kudalor, the Inspector General of Police, said maintaining the peace of the nation ahead of the election and thereafter, is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders.

He said his outfit had already met with the organisers of the youth wings of the various political parties, party executives, the Presidential candidates and their running mates, as well as representatives of the media.

The IGP said “the Police has a long arm but it cannot reach out to everyone”, therefore, it needs the support of everyone to be effective in its duties.”

Consequently, he said, the Police Command was leaving no stone unturned, and urged the Police personnel to eschew partisanship and be fair and firm.

Mr Kudalor said the Police Service was ready to deploy bodyguards to protect the various Presidential candidates.

“The selected officers had been given the needed skills training and logistics to enable them to perform their duties effectively,” he said.

The 2016 elections, the IGP said, had been described by some as “the Mother of all Elections” and the “Gadhafi of Elections” because it would be keenly contested.

Nevertheless, he said, the Police would be up to the task of ensuring order, peace and security.

The IGP urged the Regional Commander to replicate the dialogue series across the region by engaging the youth, opinion leaders, chiefs and political party leaders.

The Central Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) Kwame Tachie Poku, said the region was relatively calm in terms of criminal activities.

ASP Poku said the current staff population of the Regional Command was 1,995, which he noted was inadequate to effectively manage the 2,006 polling stations and 465 flash points.

He announced that 1,016 police personnel had so far been trained in the Public-Order Management Programme.

-GNA

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