2,085 police officers deployed to oversee District Assembly elections

The Ghana Police service has deployed 2,085 officers to provide security before, during and after the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections slated for Tuesday September 1, 2015.

This according to the police is to ensure a peaceful election. The officers who left Accra on Sunday after receiving briefing from Commissioner of Police in charge of police operations, COP John Kudalor are headed to 6 regions, which are Volta, Central, Ashanti, Eastern, Brong Ahafo and Northern region.

Officers in GreaterAccra would be deployed tomorrow. According to the police authorities, Upper East, Upper West and the Western regions have enough officers to handle the elections hence their exclusion from the 2,085. 

The police deployment would be assisted by the other security agencies, namely Prisons Service, The Immigration and Customs. 

In an interview with the media, COP John Kudalor said the officer have been taken through adequate training to be professional in the delivery of their duties.

He indicated that “they are not to be distracted from what they are supposed to do. They are there on the instructions of the various electoral officers who will be at the polling stations. They are well equipped and knowledgeable so far as election rules and regulations are concerned.

“Each area has been zoned and there are patrol teams patrolling those areas so anyone who causes any problem the patrol teams will be called to pick them up to the nearest police station and various documentation and entries will be made and appropriate action taken under the instruction of the Electoral Commission and the laws of this country.”

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Giving a breakdown of the deployment, COP Kudalor said “officers of the Customs and Immigration agency have been sent to the Eastern and Volta Regions respectively. Two separate batches of prisons officers 449 and 200 have been moved to the Ashanti and Central Region respectively.” 

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana