Third chance for security personnel

Security personnel who could not vote during the extended special voting would be re-aligned within their respective commands for electoral duties so that they can have the chance to vote on Wednesday.
In separate interviews, the security agencies described the situation as unfortunate.
Two thousand security personnel from the military, Police, Immigration, Fire, Prisons and Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) are expected to be deployed from Accra today to other parts of the country to provide security at various polling stations.
During the special voting last Thursday, a number of personnel could not cast their voteS because their names were not on the register.
In a bid to ratify the situation, the Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday re-opened polls for those whose names were not on the register, to do so.
However, a number of personnel could still not vote because they could not find their names on the special voters register.
A statement by the Director of Public Affairs of the Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, asked the affected personnel to remain calm as steps were being taken to resolve the matter.
“Personnel, who are thus affected are entreated to exercise patience, as provisions have been made to enable them exercise their franchise,” it said.
The regional, divisional and district commands have consequently been directed by the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, to ensure that subordinates who could not excise their franchise during the special voting could do so on election day.
The arrangement, the statement said, was to ensure that the affected officers were able to vote and at the same time able to provide security for the process.
The Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col. Eric Aggrey-Quashie said the affected officers and men would be assigned roles within their respective commands so that they can vote as they performed their electoral duties.
Comptroller of Immigration Francis Palmdeti, Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Immigration Service said the situation was not only a security issue but rather a national one.
Senior Divisional Officer in charge of Public Relations of the Fire Service, Billy Anaglate said the command was taking steps to address the situation.
He said those who had voted would be deployed whereas those who could not, would be given the chance to cast their ballot at their respective polling stations.
The Head of Public Relations of the Prisons Service, Deputy Superintendent of Prisons, Vitalis Ayieh, said he had not received any information as of press time that prison officers were disenfranchised.
However, he said, if there were reports to that effect, the prisons authorities would quickly put measures in place to address the situation.
The Head of Public Affairs of the Customs Division of the GRA, Robert Mensah, said the personnel would be allowed to vote in their respective poling centres before they are deployed for electoral duties.
When contacted, the head of Communications at the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr. Eric Dzakpasu said the affected personnel and officers would leave the chance to vote on Wednesday.


By Francis Asamoah Tuffour      

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