Over 62,000 Security Personnel Deployed For December Elections

A total of 62,794 security personnel are to be deployed around the country to police the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on December 7th, according to the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh.

The Chief of police made this known while addressing a press conference in Accra today.

He said “the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Fire Service, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Armed Forces, the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and other security agencies.”

The personnel will be in their various service uniforms on election day, except personnel from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service who will be in mufti. Even so, they will wear special armbands to identify them.

“For identification purposes, a special armlet will be worn by these officers on election day,” Mr. Oppong Boanuh said.

The deployment will also include standby guards who will be re-enforced with personnel from the Military, while every polling station will have at least, one-armed officer.

IGP Oppong Boanuh said that on Election Day, motorcycles will not be allowed close to polling stations, and this is to forestall the phenomenon of ballot snatching.

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