Caution Police warns troublemakers ahead of District Assembly elections

Ghanaians in the various districts, municipal and metropolitan assemblies are expected to go to the polls to select their representatives at the assembly level.

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The police will be on high alert to deal with any troublemaker at today’s polls, Director of Public Affairs for the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur has said.

Superintendent Cephas Arthur play

Superintendent Cephas Arthur

 

Ghanaians in the various districts, municipal and metropolitan assemblies are expected to go to the polls to select their representatives at the assembly level.

Speaking to Joy News, Superintendent Cephas Arthur said the police is ready to provide adequate security as always done for the general elections.

“It’s a matter of security. We are considering the security aspect of it. We are not looking at whether this is a general election or a district assembly election. What is important is safeguarding the integrity of the process. Even if there is only one breach, it is a matter of concern to the police and we don’t want to take any chances. We are not leaving any stone unturned in our bid to secure the process,” he said.

Superintendent Cephas Arthur also disclosed plans to ensure adequate security.

“Various communities, constituencies will also be divided into smaller units and patrol teams assigned to each unit which will be taking care of the polling stations. So in case there is any disturbances which goes beyond the police assigned to the polling station, these patrol teams will come in to resolve it,” he said.

Adding: “The third tier is men that will be put on standby at vantage points at the various district divisional and regional police command. They will be waiting for response in case of any emergency situations that overwhelms the personnel at the polling stations as well as the patrol team.”

A combined team of security officers numbering more than 2,000, have been deployed across the country to augment security for the District Assembly elections.

The personnel include men from the prisons, immigration and customs.

A total of 18,938 candidates are contesting for the District Assembly, 17,785 are male and 1,102 female.

Also 43,584 candidates will be contesting for the Unit Committee Elections. Only one third of these candidates are female.

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