The Ghana Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr. P.T Quaye has

cautioned the intractable elements among the public who are bent on
snatching ballot boxes on election-day to abdicate the idea because
they will be met with a staccato of shots that will compress their
lives out of their beings. Mr Tawiah Quaye quickly added by assuring
Ghanaians that all police personnel will act professionally in the
discharge of their duties, before, during and after the 2012 general
election. He said, the general public should cooperate with the police
and when giving information to the police they should be accurate and
specific to enable the police sort out the problem as speedily as
possible.
The IGP sounded this warning in an exclusive interview with the
Abusara? Radio-UK on its flagship evening political show ?The Open
Agenda -Yen Ndwen Mmom?.? When answering a question on the recent
headline ?IGP Assures Ghanaians of Professional Work by His Men?
captured by some news papers and other major websites in Ghana. The
IGP said ?I have charged my men to shoot any recalcitrant trouble
maker and ballot box snatchers to weaken them and arrest immediately
to prevent any unnecessary chaotic situations.?
The dissuade by the Ghana IGP sounded as good and welcoming news to
many listeners of the program in UK and those who called into the show
from other European countries and USA. This dissuading from the IGP is
seen as in consonance with the recent similar warnings declared by
other districts and regional police commanders.
Readers can recall that on 6th Oct 2012, there was a headline ?We?ll
Crash Ballot Box Snatchers-Police,? the Accra Regional Police Command
declared that it would arrest any motorbike rider found within 50
meters of the voting areas on the Election Day in Dec 7th. This was
announced during the launching of 17-member Security Task Force to
handle security issues before, during and after the December
elections. The task force headed by the Accra Regional Police
Commander DCOP Patrick Timbillah.
On Saturday, 15th Sept 2012 with headline ?Shoot Ballot Box Stealers ?
Police Chief Declares?, the Obuasi Divisional Police Commander ACP
Dwumfour Berchie declared its readiness to offer maximum protection to
the electorates on the elections day in the municipality. The
Divisional Police Commander said the ?police would not hesitate to
shoot any heavily-built hoodlum who would attempt to smash or steal a
ballot box on December 7?.

The question is, can Ghanaians trust the police service with their
words of promise? Well, I guess the answer is ?we all live to see?.

Beatrice Anowuo Kuranteng Adepa
Abusara? Radio – UK
Email:[email protected]

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