Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has called on the security agencies to be more vigilant and make sure nothing untoward happens at identified hotspots across the country on Election Day.
The Minister made this call when the Ghana Police Service said they have identified over 5,000 hotspots across the country that need to be managed well on Election Day to avoid violence when Ghanaians go to the polls in December.
Speaking at a forum organized by his ministry, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on the theme; “2020 Election and its Implication for Peace and Security in, Ghana,” Mr. Mensah-Bonsu said the Security Services should be guided by the recent violence that erupted between supporters of the two major political parties, NPP and NDC at James town in the Odododiodioo constituency in the Greater Accra region.
According to the minister, who is also the Member of Parliament representing the people of Suame in the Ashanti Region and Majority Leader, the murder of the Mfantseman MP, Ekow Hayford, activities of secessionists in the Volta Region, increasing armed robberies, and threats of terrorist attacks from neighboring countries are a cause for worry and which have made many to continue to express uneasiness.
“We want all hotspots to be adequately monitored as the various political parties intensify their campaign in a bid to secure peace in the December elections,” he noted.
The majority leader stressed the importance of peace and the role of the security agencies in safeguarding it.
“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.
“Security during election means protecting stakeholders such as officials, candidates, polling station workers, media and observers,” he added.
The security service has named Ashanti Region as the area with the most hotspots and added that they have already furnished the National Election Task Force (NEST) with the details of all these places.
In his address, the Ranking Member on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and Member for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, said they expect the security agencies to show high professionalism in the execution of their duty in the run-up to the 2020 general elections.
He hinted that the behavior and conduct of the security officers will play a vital role in ensuring violent free polls in December.
“We also hope that personnel put the purpose for which they are 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.
By: Sammy Agyei/Frontpageghana.com/Ghana