Don't go on social media, no phones - IGP orders election security personel

Don't go on social media, no phones - IGP orders election security personel

- All 6000 personal of the election security task force are not to use phones

- New security protocols demands that voters must not be in party branded face masks

- International election observers are already in the country for Monday’s poll

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The Election security task force, estimated at 6000 personnel, has been deployed across the country ahead of the polls on Monday.

All personnel have been tasked to comply with the instructions given, be professional, wear their armbands and uniforms at all times. The Inspector General of Police James Oppong-Boanuh, has ordered all personnel not to use their mobile phones on election day.

“No mobile phones, no social media on election day. If, for any reason, you have reasons to call a loved one or family member, kindly talk to your supervisor to assist you,” he stated during activities to mark the deployment of officers at the Independence Square in Accra.

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Don't go on social media, no phones - IGP orders election security personel
Police official casting her ballot in special voting excercise. Photo credit: BBC
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Ghana has been praised across the world for peaceful elections since the 4th Republic. The country has often been set aside as a reference point of successful elections and peaceful transition of power. To this end, international and local election observers are looking out for “the peaceful Ghana we all know”.

Also, the Ghana Police Service says voters who come over the polling station with party branded face masks will not be allowed to vote. Public relations officer of the Ghana Police Service, explained this is part of measures to keep the election process safe.

Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper Manya Krobo Constituency is accusing the NPP of masterminding attacks on its Parliamentary Candidate a few days to the elections.

The party believes the attitude exhibited by the New Patriotic Party(NPP) in the Constituency is a recipe for disaster and when not dealt with can destabilize the peace in the area.

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Addressing a press conference, Kwesi Lawer , the campaign spokesperson of the parliamentary candidate, Bismark Tetteh Nyarko expressed worry about how some hoodlums suspected to be NPP members attacked the candidate in his residence.

He alleged that on the evening of Thursday, December, 3, these hoodlums believed to be NPP members attacked the parliamentary candidate with stones but escaped unhurt.

Don't go on social media, no phones - IGP orders election security personel
The Ghana Police service has also approved specific uniforms for officers on election day. Photo Source: Ghana Police Service
Source: UGC

According to him, parts of his vehicle were damaged in front of his house. He said other similar attacks have been unleashed on their members during the campaign period, leading to what he says is the wrongful arrest of six of the NDC members a few weeks ago.

Mr Lawer stated that the NDC believed in peace and democracy, hence will not do anything to disturb the peace in the area.

While accusing the District police commander, Superintendent John Yeboah of siding with the NPP ,he called for an external police force in the constituency on election day to ensure peace because, according to him the NDC are not afraid of the hoodlums and may be compelled to retaliate.

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The NDC are bent on taking back the Upper Manya Krobo constituency seat from NPP after it lost it to its bitterest rival, the NPP during the 2016 elections.

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