Ghanaian Chronicle

Regional Election Security Task Force inaugurated

Date published: October 30, 2012

one thousand five hundred security personnel from all security agencies in the Upper East Region will be assembled and deployed to the various polling stations in the region, while another team of armed military and police personnel will be tasked to patrol areas to be assigned to them on the election day, December 7.

The Chairman of the Upper East Regional Election Security Task Force, DCOP Bright Oduro, who disclosed this during the inauguration of the taskforce in Bolgatanga, said in spite of these and other security measures put in place, people at the polling stations would be expected to be very vigilant to ensure a free and fair voting process.

According to him, the Ghana Police Service, in collaboration with other security agencies in the region, would be firm in enforcing law and order from now through to the election day and beyond, stressing that they would increase vigilance to ensure that no person or group took advantage of the heated campaign atmosphere across the region to foment trouble ahead or during and after the elections.
DCOP Bright Oduro encouraged every Ghanaian to protect the ballot box on the election day, and not allow a few disgruntled ones to destabilise the peace the country was enjoying.

The Security Task Force would meet on a weekly basis to review their activities and strategies before the elections.

The Deputy Upper East Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Bosco Azu, said currently, there were 1,118 polling stations and 15 constituencies in the region, and that the Electoral Commission had split polling stations that have about 1,000 voters into two centers at
the same location.

He warned that the EC would not tolerate a situation where ‘macho men’ and party agents come to throw their weight about to frighten the polling station officials, with the aim of snatching ballot boxes.

The Regional Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, charged the Election Commission to ensure that every polling station has adequate logistics and the required personnel to ensure a successful exercise, so that losers would not have any doubts about the outcome.


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