IGP urges Ghanaians to exhibit maturity, patriotism ahead of 2024 polls

 The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has admonished Ghanaians to exhibit high sense of maturity, patriotism and love for humanity as the 2024 election gets closer.

He explained that it was the only way to sustain peace and stability, to entrench the coun­try’s democratic dispensation.

The IGP made the call during the 2024 May Day Forum, organised by the Trade Union Congress (TUC), under the theme: “Election 2024: The Role of Workers and Social Partners in Securing Peaceful Elections for National Development,” in Accra, yesterday.

IGP Dr Akuffo Dampare (middle) interacting with Dr Anthony
Baah (left), and Mr Samuel Tettey (second from right) after the
forum Photo: Ebo Gorman
IGP Dr Akuffo Dampare (middle) interacting with Dr Anthony Baah (left), and Mr Samuel Tettey (second from right) after the forum Photo: Ebo Gorman

The forum sought to discuss the role of workers and social partners to ensure free, fair and peaceful election, before, during and after the general elections.

Dr Dampare said there was the need “to be measured in our expectations, actions and inac­tions, and be guarded in allowing ourselves to be used for one’s selfish interest”.

“When we demonstrate ma­turity across all ages, patriotism at the national level, and love for humanity, we will be very measured in our utterances, and constructive in criticism of oth­ers by allowing the rule of law to operate in its fullness.”

The IGP indicated that the Ghana Police Service had imple­mented robust security mea­sures to safeguard the electoral process, to ensure a peaceful environment for voting.

He assured of the service’s full support and readiness in working with other stakehold­ers to maintain law and order, before, during and after the elections.

The Deputy Chairman in Charge of Operations at the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Samuel Tettey, emphasised the Commission’s commitment to ensuring fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.

He indicated that measures were being put in place to guarantee the integrity of the vote, including the deployment of advanced voting technologies and rigorous training for elector­al officers.

Mr Tettey reiterated that the Commission had set May 7-27, 2024, for updating the voters’ register ahead of the December elections, to allow those who just turned 18 to have their names captured in the voters’ register.

He said that an exhibition of the voters’ registration will be subsequently done to allow for corrections of names or other details.

The chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, in a speech read on his behalf, said the council had instituted measures ahead of the general elections, which included peace education and advocacy against threat of violent extremism, vigilante and election-related violence in all the 275 constituencies.

He urged all workers and so­cial partners to place the nation above individual interest and uphold the values of tolerance, respect and unity, which were es­sential for the consolidation of peace and national development.


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