The Ghana Police Service has given a hint that it will disband all political vigilante groups who provide security for political parties ahead of the November election.
Two security groups, Azorka boys and Bolga bull dogs, who veil-face to be associated with the two major political parties in the country, NDC and NPP respectively have been accused of engaging in violent crimes with the more recent one, during the Talensi by- election held in the Upper East region in 2015.
According to the police, their so-called protection of party functionaries and safeguarding their political fortunes appear to be competing with the Police’s obligation towards maintenance of law and order.
The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor has therefore revealed that the service will therefore embark on a massive recruitment exercise to augment the current number of personnel in force ahead of the 2016 general election.
He spoke to Citi News after a meeting with an ECOWAS Media delegation in Accra, and indicated that a special task force would soon be formed, particularly to disband these groups to ensure a peaceful election.
Mr Kudalor spoke of his outfit’s readiness to collaborate with the Attorney General (AG’s) office to engage the leadership of the various parties where they would encourage them to disband them.
“We have to gird our loins to ensure that the good people of this country enjoy a very fair and transparent election. We are not going to be partisan, we understand that most of these political parties have appendages.” He said.
“After they have been disbanded and they still indulge in illegal or unlawful behaviour or conduct, then the law will take its course,” he noted.
“The election is a big event and so far as I am concerned, they are going to increase the number of polling stations to be about 29,000. So far if you put about two people at a polling station it is going to be 58,000 which we don’t have so personnel wise we don’t have so we are trying to recruit more.”