James Oppong-Boanuh - Inspector-General of Police (IGP)
The Ghana Police Service has given their assurance of unbiased operations to all political parties before, during and after the 2020 general elections.
The service has said it is self-confident to deal brutally and objectively with persons who attempt disrupting the electoral process.
According to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, his personnel will exhibit professionalism in their line of duty amidst tensions before the elections.
He made these revelations while speaking at a meeting with representatives of political parties at the police headquarters on Thursday.
“The stakes are always very high when it comes to elections because everybody wants to win. As a result, some acts of lawlessness such as snatching of ballot boxes, intimidation of voters, attacking voters or electoral officials, destruction of electoral materials [occur]. But we will be ready to deal with whoever perpetrates any of these actions. We will arrest whoever engaged in any of these actions,” the Inspector-General noted.
The conduct of police personnel in the upcoming election is expected to be under more scrutiny following the incident of police brutality that disrupted the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in January 2019.
Report has it that, National Security Operatives were also seen firing guns at the polling centre at La Bawaleshie. Six persons, believed to be supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress, were left injured after the violence.
This led to the formation of a Commission of Inquiry to probe into the eruption of violence and police brutality.
Police in NPP primaries
The most recent electoral activity was the parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party which witnessed some disturbances, requiring police intervention.
There was a scuffle at one electoral centre whilst some other centres saw disputes and threats over disagreements with the electoral album. An aspirant in the Effiduase-Asokore Constituency of the Ashanti Region was also notably assaulted with fingers pointed at military personnel.
Also, an aggrieved candidate in the Subin Constituency alleged that the police were working for the incumbent MP.