20 November 2012

Ghana: Police Women Warm Up for Election

ABOUT TWO hundred police women in the Upper East Region on Saturday joined their counterparts in the rest of the regions in a rigorous walk, dubbed 'preparedness walk' through the main streets of the regional capital, Bolgatanga as part of their preparedness for the December general election.

The President of Police Ladies Association, Upper East Branch, ASP Gertrude Kpama-Anyiyigire said the exercise was to tell their men counterparts and the general public that they were prepared and fit to fully protect ballot boxes and avert any possible disturbances on the voting day.

According to her, she and her colleagues are as equally alert and courageous as their men counterparts, and urged the public not entertain fear on Election Day, should they see female police officers on duty without their male counterparts, because the former are equally up to the task.

ASP Kpama-Anyigire noted that peace was very important to the success of the December election and that she and her colleagues would not leave anything to chance on the voting day. Backed by some senior male officers, the women started the exercise from the forecourt of the Regional Police Headquarters and walked through the main streets of Bolgatanga amidst brass band music and later rounded it up at the forecourt of the Headquarters where their superiors addressed them.

The Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, ASP Thomas Agbenyo, assured the public that the women are capable of doing what the men could do. He also added that there would be patrol teams that would move from one polling station to the other to ensure there is calm and every voter who has the right to cast his vote does so peacefully.

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