Northern Police Command establishes political complaints desk
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Ken Yeboah, Regional Police Commander, who announced this, said the electioneering tends to create unhealthy atmosphere amongst political parties hence the establishment of the desk to receive complaints which are likely to affect the peace of the region to quickly address them.
He said the quick resolution of such complaints would ensure trust amongst the political parties and the security agencies for peaceful elections.
DCOP Yeboah was speaking at a meeting with civil society organisations (CSOs) and public institutions implementing the Strengthening Community-led Initiatives for Peaceful and Credible Elections (SCOPE) in Tamale.
SCOPE is supported by STAR Ghana, a multi-donor pooled funding agency, and CSOs implementing it include NORSAAC as lead implementing CSO, and Ghana Developing Communities Association, Institute of Local Government Studies, Tamale, and Northern Region office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
It seeks to educate voters in West Mamprusi, Tolon and Central Gonja districts and Tamale Metropolis on how to vote to reduce the incidence of rejected ballot papers during the November 7 polls.
DCOP Yeboah said the Regional Police Command is interacting with youth groups of political parties and their leaders, in a bid to avoid clashes that often occur amongst them to maintain the peace.
Mr Andani Nantogmah Issah, Tamale Metropolitan Electoral Officer, gave the assurance that the Electoral Commission is ready to organise successful elections.
Ms Kawusada Abubakari, Gender and Governance Manager of NORSAAC said more than 300 facilitators have been trained on thumb-printing rights to enable them to teach voters on how to vote well to avoid rejected ballots.
Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, Regional Director of NCCE said the Commission is working to address voter apathy to ensure increased participation in the elections.