Police admin to detail 4 men to flagbearers, 2 to running mates
Inspector-General of Police John Kudalor
The Ghana police administration has accepted the challenge to provide security to all presidential candidates and their running mates in the run up to the November 7 polls and beyond.
Four and two police personnel would be detailed to a party’s flagbearer and a running mate respectively.
A news release by the Director of Public Affairs of the service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur said providing them with security was high on the administration’s agenda.
Party executives invited for a meeting at the Police Headquarters in Accra Friday are expected to come up with their own security preferences to enable the police administration assign them security details during, before and after the elections.
“The Police Administration is ready to detail the personnel as soon as the inputs were made,” the statement said.
Present at the meeting were NDC General Secretary – Johnson Asiedu Nketia, NPP acting chairman – Freddie Blay, General Secretary – John Boadu and Dr. Charles Dwamena for the NPP, Prof. Edmund Delle and Nii Armah Akomfrah of the CPP, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond and Mutala Mohammed Ahmed of the Progressive People’s Party.
Political parties' executives meet the police administration
Others are Dr. Henry Lartey and Frederick Ato Dadzie for the GCPP, Atik Mohammed for PNC, and Mohammed Frimpong and Mercy B. Aidoo for the National Democratic Party as well as members of the Police Management Board.
Read full statement below
The Ghana Police Service has unveiled its plans to provide protection for Presidential Candidates and their running mates before, during and after the November 7 general election. This package forms part of security arrangement being put in place to ensure a peaceful process.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor revealed this at a meeting held with the chair persons and general secretaries of the various political parties at the National Police Headquarters, Accra on Friday April 1, 2016.
Party executives were called upon to make input by way of indicating their preferences for their own security details to be assigned by the Police. The Police Administration said that it was ready to detail the personnel as soon as the inputs were made.
Some of the party representatives entreated the Police to expand the facility to cover party chairpersons and general secretaries, as their activities also stand them at risk.
Mr. John Kudalor emphasized that security of flag-bearers and their running mates was high on the agenda for the Police, hence the need to hold the dialogue earlier than scheduled. He re-iterated similar arrangement made in 2012 to protect the same personalities and the successes chalked. “We are prepared to provide four and two personnel each for the flag-bearers and their running mates respectively”.
This arrangement is different from general security that will be provided by the Police for political rallies and activities during the electioneering campaign.
Participating were NDC General Secretary, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Hon. Freddie Blay, Mr. John Boadu and Dr. Charles Dwamena for the NPP, Prof. Edmund Delle and Nii Armah Akomfrah for CPP, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond and Mr. Mutala Mohammed Ahmed for the PPP.
The rest were Dr. Henry Lartey and Mr. Frederick Ato Dadzie for the GCPP, Mr. Atik Mohammed for PNC, and Mr. Mohammed Frimpong and Madam Mercy B. Aidoo for NDP.
In attendance were members of the Police Management Board [POMAB].
SUPERINTENDANT OF POLICE