Beef up security at hotspots before December polls – Majority Leader charges police

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has tasked the security agencies to beef up their operations at identified hotspots across the country before the December elections.

His comments come on the back of reported violence that erupted between supporters of the two major political parties, NPP and NDC during a health walk at Jamestown in the Odododiodioo constituency.

Already, the Ghana Police Service says it has identified over 5000 hot spots in the forthcoming elections which must be managed to avoid violence.

While naming Ashanti Region as the area with the most flashpoints, the security service said it has already furnished the National Election Security Taskforce with the details of these place.



But with less than 45 days to the polls, many continue to express uneasiness.

Justifying this stance, the Majority Leader said recent happenings in the country is a cause for worry.

According to the Suame MP, increasing cases of armed robberies, the murder of the Mfansteman MP, Ekow Hayford, activities of secessionist groups in the Volta Region and threats from neighboring countries are enough reasons for the security agencies to gear up before the polls.

“We want all flashpots to be adequately monitored as the various political parties intensify their campaign in a bid to secure peace in the December elections,” he added.

Mr Mensah Bonsu who was speaking at a forum organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs under the theme “2020 elections and its implications for peace and security in Ghana”, stressed the importance of peace and the role of the security agencies in safeguarding it.

“Security during election means protecting stakeholders such as officials , candidates, polling station workers, media and observers.

“It also means protecting electoral information such as poll results and data and campaign materials and everyone against death, destruction, damage, obstruction, and other impediments,” he explained.

On his part, the Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Inusah Fuseini demanded the highest standards of professionalism from the security agencies in the run up to the 2020 polls.

According to him, the conduct of security officers will be key in ensuring a violent free outcome during the polls.

“We also hope that personnel put the purpose for which they were sent to polling stations ahead of every decision and move they will make.

“This will work towards ensuring transparent, fair, free, peaceful, and credible elections,” he said.

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