Participants at a recent workshop have appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to make it mandatory for two officers to be assigned per one polling station in the December polls to ensure adequate security for the ballot boxes.
They said assigning one security officer to one polling station was likely to compromise security especially at flash points where troubles were likely to occur.The appeal was made at a workshop organised by the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) to sensitise the personnel on the country’s electoral laws.
The workshop which is being carried across the country is being supported by STAR-Ghana.
The personnel also suggested the need for weapons to be given to officers being sent to flash point areas.“We are ready to assist the country to conduct free and fair elections by maintaining law and order but logistics necessary for the conduct of the elections must be provided by the Electoral Commission and other stakeholders”, they said.Madam Edna Kuma, Executive Director of AWLA, said the police have a major role to play to sustain the country’s democracy by exercising professionalism when assigned to perform duties at the polls.
She said the conduct of the police must be within the framework of the constitution and the excessive use of force must be avoided.