Stringent measures have been instituted by the security agencies to ensure that the December 7 general election are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Interior Minister, Mr. Prosper Douglas Bani, has said.
“Just like previous elections where this country never witnessed any security breaches before, during and after the elections, the coming elections are also going to be the same, based on the security arrangements, so that our citizens can go about their duties without any fear or anticipation of any violence,” he stated.
Mr. Bani was briefing a delegation from the French National Assembly (Parliament) which is in the country as part of a tour of the West African sub-region to assess the threats of terrorism.
The French team is led by Philippe Cochet, Member of Parliament for Rhone.
According to Mr. Bani, the security forces, led by the Ghana Police Service, were engaging groups all over the country to make them aware of the need to safeguard the security of the state.
“We” are trying to democratise security to the extent that we become our own security experts by ourselves and the community that we live in, and sharing information with the agencies to ensure that we have the necessary peace we all crave for,” he said.
In the view of the minister, sustaining the peace which had gained Ghana global applauds, was the only option left to the country as the polls approached.
He urged Ghanaians to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting the aspirations of the country to further deepen its status in ensuring a peaceful world.
On the fight against terrorism, Mr. Bani said the country was stepping up its preparedness to confront any act of terror.
He said following the attacks on the Grand Bassam Beach Resort in Cote d’Ivoire and those at the Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso, Ghana had strengthened and enhanced its security systems in anticipation of any such attacks.
“We will continue to enhance our efficiency and our coordination to ensure that we reduce the potential of any terrorist attack on our jurisdiction.”
For the fight against terror to be sustained, the Interior Minister said inter-country collaboration and constant flow of information was crucial.
He expressed the sub-region’s appreciation to the French government for the support over the years and pledged Ghana’s continuous commitment to a safe West Africa and the continent.
Mr. Cochet, on his part, applauded Ghana for its leadership role in the region, describing it as “crucial” for a peaceful Africa.
Terrorism, he said, needed synergy and it was only through that collaboration that peace and development can be guaranteed on the continent.
The French law maker was optimistic Ghana would come out of the impending general elections stronger democratically and continue to set the example to deepen multi party democracy on the continent.
By Julius Yao Petetsi