Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS), a security think tank, has observed that the maintenance of ‘electoral security’ for polling staff, electoral materials and equipment should be the concern of the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure peace in the pending general elections.
The GIGS has, therefore, called on the EC to design effective security plans, to respond to security concerns which might affect the election process.
According to the Executive Director of the GIGS, David Agbee, the EC should be keen on electoral security, which should involve protection of electoral stakeholders such as voters, candidates and poll results, media personnel and observers.
Mr. Agbee was full of praise for the police for identifying hotspots in the country ahead of the elections, and called for a strong collaboration between the EC and police towards the maintenance of peace in the country.
He cautioned political parties against the use of ‘macho’ men and armed or militia groups during elections.
Mr. Agbeewas said “Our beloved country would not want to witness any electoral violence, a situation where actors employ coercion to advance their interests or achieve specific political ends,”
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi