Experts demand EC, police action on electoral violence

Experts demand EC, police action on electoral violence

The heads of some civil society organisations have expressed fear that the country could be plunged into violence during the November elections if efforts are not made to improve security and governance.

The experts pointed to the high spate of violence that characterised the recently-concluded Electoral Commission (EC) limited registration exercise.

They said it was especially worrying that some security officers detailed to some of the registration centres were victims of violence attack while others failed to rescue accredited observers who were attacked by some political thugs.

The executive director for Africa and Democratic Affairs, Frank Adakwa Yiadom, told Accra-based Adom FM that the security agencies must be assisted to do their work in order to avert disaster during the elections.

“…it is about time we make sure to allow the laws of our country to work. The Police must also be allowed to do their independent work. There should not be any interference and order from above”, he said.

The executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Mensah, who described the violence recorded during the registration exercise as unprecedented, also called on the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) and the EC to education the public on how to be of good conduct during the elections.

She said the security agencies must also be in position to curtail “alarming” electoral violence.

Mrs Mensah called on the EC to create a level playing field for all political parties to participate in the election process.

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“Once you are able to do that, people will not be jittery and there will be confidence in the system. What is happening now shows that there is a loss of public confidence and also in the security agencies,” she said.

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