By William Nlanjerbor JALULAH
Barely two months to Ghana’s general elections on December 7, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Kofi Boakye has debunked the assertion that security agencies condone and connive with some political parties to rig election.
In every election year, major opposition political parties in Ghana often accuse security agencies and some top security officers of aiding an incumbent party to rig an election. But COP Boakye has downplayed this assertion and stressed that “Police or Army cannot win election for any party”.
“I want to state here, clearly that Police or the Military can never win an election for any party. Therefore, it behooves on the politicians to work hard, propagate their policy well to win election through the ballot box”, he said.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day Data Journalism Training Workshop for selected journalists in Kumasi Thursday, Mr Boakye pledged the police will work professionally to ensure peace and harmony before, during and after the elections.
He warned that any group of people who attempt to take the law into their own hands because of politics will be dealt with according to the laws of the land without partiality to any political party and no discrimination to anybody.
He urged journalists not to politicize issues, peddle blatant lies, misinterpret issues or misinform the public through their media as the elections draw closer. Journalists should not also politicize criminal issues since that will also have the tendency to spark inter-political party conflict.
The workshop is being organized by Penplusbytes with support from USA Embassy in Ghana. The selected journalists are drawn from Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions. It is part of activities under the “Voter’s Count – amplifying voices through new digital platforms” Project which is aimed at improving access to electoral information, creating space for citizens dialogue and promotion of issue based approach to campaigning during Ghana’s 2016 elections being spearheaded by Penplusbytes.