The Head of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping and Training Centre (KAIPTC) Dr Kwesi Anning has underscored the critical role of security agents in the maintenance of peace and order during elections in the country.
He has therefore cautioned security officers who may be deployed to the various polling stations during the November 7 polls, to resign themselves to their core mandate of keeping peace at the station and not interfere with the electoral processes.
“Security agents must not take part in the administration and counting of votes. Security officials must behave in a professional manner and show respect to the public and should not intimidate voters during the November polls. We have laws in this country that governs the behavior of security agencies”, he disclosed.
He advised that security officers who have cultivated the habit of inspecting voters ID cards should be mindful that they were overstepping their bounds as this was the sole duty of the electoral officers at the polling stations. “Nobody can order security agents to prevent anyone from voting”, he added.
Speaking at the Launch of the #EIB ELECTION HUB at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi, the Security Expert indicated that it lies within the purview of the security agencies to deal with persons who may try to foment trouble at the polls.
“If you play the buffoon during the November polls, Kofi Boakye and his men will deal with you”, he cautioned
Concluding his address, he proposed that the Electoral Commission (EC) commit resources to ensure that adequate training is given to the security agents prior to the November polls.
“We’ve got to find money to make sure security agents are well trained and resourced”, he stated.