The Accra Regional Police Command yesterday paid separate visits to the Greater Accra Regional offices of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra.
The visits, which were the first of its kind during a democratic dispensation, was aimed at enhancing partnership between the political parties and the police to ensure a peaceful general election in November.
It is further aimed at breaking the age-long perceived animosity that had existed between the police and the political parties, especially the NDC and NPP.
Speaking at both meetings, the Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare briefed the media that the initiative was based on the command’s continuous stakeholders’ engagement system to changing policing in the region and win the confidence of the public.
He said the visit was a clear indication that the police was doing everything to maintain the peace in the country before, during and after election.
COP. Dr. Dampare said, the police is a subset of the society and cannot help any party to win elections through illegal means.
“We have every people from every tribe and almost every city, town and village across the country working as police officers, therefore, the police cannot collectively help any party or individual to win elections through any illegal means since it is made up of largely independent minded people,” he said.
According to him, it was impossible for a commander who sympathise with one political party to influence his subordinates who sympathised with other political parties to act in his interest.
COP. Dr. Dampare said, police officers’ unprofessional political actions or inactions have insignificant effects on the results of the elections.
He called on all stakeholders to play their roles effectively and responsibly before, during and after the elections to avoid tarnishing the image of the country.
He urged the public to be law abiding entities, however, he said the police would deal ruthlessly with trouble makers in accordance with the law.
Dr. Dampare cautioned politicians to avoid public officers who are divisive and destructive for the development of our country.
He assured the public that his office is ready to act professionally, transparently, objectively, resolutely to create a requisite peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the elections.
At the NDC regional office, Mr. Joseph Ade Coca said, they inform and sensitise their members and public at large to adhere to the rules and regulations in connection with the election to avoid any conflict during the election.
Commending the police on the initiative, the Regional Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Ismael Ashitey said his team is ready to work hand in hand with the service to ensure peace and stability.
He said, “I am impressed about the way the police are partnering with us to ensure a violent-free 2016 election, because we politicians also have Ghana at heart and would do everything possible to maintain the peace we have in the country,” he said.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong & Benedicta Folley