2016 polls: Police warns election ‘bad boys’

The Ashanti Regional Election Security Taskforce for the 2016 polls has been inaugurated, and a stern caution has been issued to the pub­lic not to indulge in political malfea­sance.

The taskforce, which is headed by the Ashanti Regional Police Com­mander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, has all service commanders in the region and the Ashanti Regional Electoral Commission (EC) chairman as its members.

DCOP Kofi Boakye warned that the taskforce would not hesitate to pounce on anybody who would try to create trouble before and during the elections, urging the public to remain tolerant and stay out of trou­ble.

He said the police would ensure that the country remains peaceful before, during and after the elections, noting that the taskforce would remain fair and firm in the discharge of their important duties.

DCOP Kofi Boakye was speaking during the official inauguration of the Ashanti Regional Election Security Taskforce for election 2016 at the police headquarters in Kumasi on Monday.

The police chief said very soon the composition of sub-committees to support the security taskforce to maintain law and order in the region in order to ensure peaceful polls this year would commence.

DCOP Kofi Boakye said the sub­committees include legal, prosecu­tion, intelligence and investment, personnel mobilisation and deploy­ment, ballot security and logistics and transport.

He disclosed that the rest of the sub-committees include media and communication, finance and budget as well as medical and welfare, adding that a joint operation centre to monitor political issues would be set up.

DCOP Kofi Boakye stated that the success of the impending election hugely depends on the taskforce, admonishing its members to work assiduously with firmness devoid of malice.

Brig Gen Joseph Adu Boampong, GOC, Central Command, Ghana Armed Forces, charged the taskforce to sustain their professionalism so that the coming polls would be inci­dent-free.

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