William Nlanjerbor JALULAH/Top News Ghana
The Upper East Regional Police Command has identified 949 polling stations as electoral flash-points ahead of the December 7 general polls. The identified flash-points (polling stations) are out of the total 1,222 polling stations in the region.
Deputy Commission of Police (DCOP)/Mr. Simon Afeku, the Regional Police commander who announced this at a one-day media engagement organized by the regional Media Advisory Committee in Bolgatanga on Wednesday, October 12, said apart from those flash-points, his administration considers every polling station as a potential flash-point because human behavior is unpredictable.
However, those identified have high possibility of generating into disturbances.
In Ghana, electoral flash-points are areas likely to spark violence during elections. Such areas are identified by the nature of the past and prevailing electoral tensions. Recently, the national police administration announced 5,500 electoral flash-points across the country and assured it is putting in place measures to ensure those flashpoints do not pose any risk going into election 2016.
DCOP Afeku, said for the security agencies to preside over a peaceful election, the society, civil society groups, the Electoral Commission and peace ambassadors should all update them on the social environment as far as election elated issues are concerned to enable them put appropriate measures in place to avert any potential disturbances.
According to him, some electoral disturbances are perpetrated along ethnic, land, political, religious and chieftaincy issues. Based on history and current developments and the experience from other countries where such issues were taken for granted and latter assumed uncontrollable proportions, led to loss of lives and distractions of property and should not be allowed to occur here in Ghana.
He said the actions of some traditional and religious leaders who now veer into politics and make all manner of comments are themselves threats to peaceful elections because those people are seen in high esteem by their followers and as such comments they make has influence on the followers.
DCOP Afeku also reminded the media not see and report all violent issues during elections as politically motivated because some miscreants will take advantage of the elections to commit crime and the police will deal with those as criminal issues as the law requires.
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