Dont Allow Yourself To Be Used By Politicians IGP Warns The Youth

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor, has forecast a fierce contest ahead of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in November, for which reason he has tasked his outfit to prepare adequately to eschew violence. “The Police Service is fully aware that the success of the elections is in large part contingent on peace and security,” he remarked.

According to Mr. Kudalor, the country would experience the ‘grandfather and grandmother’ of all elections during the set date, as he appealed to the youth in particular, to shun the custom of being used by politicians to cause violence.

He made this observation when he interacted with youth leaders of the various political parties at the National Police Headquarters in Accra yesterday. Themed, “IGP’s Dialogue with the Youth”, the discussion specifically centered on how best the youth groups could collaborate with the police to ensure free and fair elections.

Present at the meeting were senior police officers and youth leaders drawn from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), the National Democratic Party (NDP), the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP)

The Police Chief hinted of plans to meet the youth in each region to drum home the proactive philosophy of the National Elections Security Taskforce. “The police administration, as you are aware, is faced with the task of ensuring peaceful, free and fair elections, and, therefore, requires the utmost collaboration of all the stakeholders,” he suggested.

Continuing, he said, the need to target the youth became needful due to their population base, which made them critical actors in issues of peace, security and development. “Mindful of the prominent role of peace and security to peaceful elections, and the distinct role of the youth in this endeavour, the police administration intends to engage the youth to attain this goal,” he explained.

He agreed that the large percentage of the youth from different socioeconomic and political backgrounds had helped in consolidating Ghana’s democracy, through their active participation in lawful political activities.

“The youth have also leveraged on their knowledge to the use of social media platforms for various purposes. Regrettably, some of the youth have also been involved in some unlawful activities that tend to undermine the peaceful conduct of elections. This has to be curbed.”

Touching on vigilante groups, the Inspector General of Police said his administration was putting measures in place to permanently disband them, saying, those groups were illegal and alien to the laws of the country. He clarified: “It is, therefore, a crime to join or form such groups, as the administration is putting in place adequate measures to ensure law and order before, during, and after the elections.”

Mr. Sammy Awuku, National Youth Organiser of the NPP, told The Chronicle that it was their humble appeal to the police administration that a level playing field be offered all political parties.

He said the NPP did not want the situation whereby the ruling party would be favoured, at the neglect of the opposition, while calling on the media to amplify the voice of the opposition.

Sammy Awuku used the opportunity to advise the Electoral Commissioner to forestall the unnecessary mistakes it had started committing. His reason for that assertion was that peace could only be realised in the elections when the Electoral Commission upped its game, otherwise security challenges on its part could be a recipe for chaos.

He debunked claims that the NPP had a vigilante group called the Invisible Forces. He said vigilante, as a force, could only be ascribed to terror groups, which was alien to the Elephant Family. “We only have young men who are alert; young men who are working tirelessly to see the NPP in power. These young men also help the party during official functions.”

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, Sidii Abubakar Musa, who anticipated a fruitful deliberation with the top security men, promised to convey the needed information to his people.

By Pascal Kafu Abotsi

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