The Ghana Police Service has reiterated its commitment to ensuring peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in the country on December 7.
According to the Police, it will not spare any individual who will try to foment trouble in this year’s election.
According to the Director of Legal and Prosecutions of the Accra Regional Police Command, ACP Lydia Donkor, the police administration will see to it that the country comes out of the 2020 elections with its reputation as a beacon of democracy on the continent still intact.
Speaking after a health-walk organised by body-builders to promote peace, ACP Lydia Donkor said the police are dedicated to protecting the peace currently being enjoyed in the country.
According to her, the police will, in compliance with the law, deal ruthlessly with any person or group who will seek to foment trouble in the December 7 polls.
She thus urged Ghanaians, particularly the youth, to resist any form of overtures by any political party or person to use them to cause violence.
ACP Lydia Donkor assured that the police would be firm and fair in the discharge of their duties which, among other things, include the maintenance of law and order.
She also offered some education to Ghanaians on how they should conduct themselves on the day of the elections.
“Go out if you are eligible to vote and cast your vote. After voting, go back home and when it’s time for counting you can monitor from various media channels. If you want to come to the information centre, come and comply with the rules the law enforcement officers will give.
“So, don’t allow anyone to use you to snatch ballot boxes or create confusion so that people will be scared to come out and vote. We are determined to ensure that there is no violence anywhere. A violence-free election is what we should be hoping and aspiring to and I believe that the 2020 elections will be peaceful,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, ahead of the elections, the police have released a list of places they consider to be hotspots.
According to the Police, the areas listed are to be keenly monitored in order to prevent or foil any attempts to cause tension before, during, and after the elections.
Ashanti Region came top with 635 identified hotspots, including Offinso North, Asawase, Effiduase/Asokore, Ejura/Sekyedumase and Bantama as top five.
In Bono Region, 192 hotspots have been identified, with Tain, Jaman South, Banda and Wenchi as top four.