SECURITY AGENCIES SCHOOLED ON ELECTORAL VIOLENCE
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
THE EXECUTIVE Diligence Ghana Limited (EDGL) has organized a three-day workshop for security personnel in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi to enhance the skills and knowledge in dealing with electoral violence.
EDGL is a private agency which aims at equipping the security agencies with the requisite skills and knowledge to keep the threat of elections violence at bay.
Participants were drawn from the Ghana Prisons service, the Immigration Services, the Ghana Armed force, Ghana Fire Service and the Ghana Police Service.
The workshop has also been organized for security personnel in the Upper West, East Region, Northern and the Brong Ahafo Regions, according to the Executive Director of EDGL, Ambassador Alex N. Abankwa.
Ambassador Abankwa stated that the main motive of the work shop is to teach the security agencies the dos and don’ts of electoral related issues, which have been carefully outlined by the some personals who have noticed the challenges and to ensure their preparedness of all law-enforcement officers to contribute their quota for a smooth, peaceful and successful elections
He told participants to put the Skills and knowledge they have acquired from the workshop into good use and share it with their colleagues, who for one or two reasons could not turn up for the program.
The EDGL Director noted that it was incumbent on security personnel to strive and ensure peaceful elections and a peaceful Ghana.
Ambassador Abankwa noted that elections in Africa, particularly the West African sub-Region, has been characterized with electoral violence, which has led to numerous political instability in our region and warned the security agencies not to allow politicians to undermine their integrity.
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