27 November 2012

Ghana: Security Chiefs Assess State of Readiness for December Elections

The National Election Task Force [NESTF], the body established to see to the planning of security for the 2012 general election has met to assess their state of preparedness for the election.

The meeting, which took place on Wednesday 21st November, was attended by the heads of all member security agencies, including the Chairman, the IGP, Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye, the CDS, Lt. Gen. Peter Augustine Blay.

Others include the Director-General of Ghana Prison Service, Mr. Michael Kofi Bansah, Commissioner of Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Brigadier-General Carl Modey, the Chief Fire Officer, Brig. Gen. John Bosco Guyiri and a top official from the Ghana Immigration Service.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, who is the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the NESTF, told the Security Chiefs that preparation was far advanced to effectively and peacefully police the election.

He also briefed the meeting about the extensive work done by the various sub-committees set up to handle various aspects of the operation.

The Director-General of Police Operations, COP John Kudalor took the security heads and the operational commanders of the various security agencies through the detail operational strategies of the election security.

He further touched on personnel strength, training and deployment, logistics and equipment, welfare and communication among others.

The meeting afforded the security heads the opportunity to critique the preparation and also make input to perfect it.

In his closing remarks, the Chairman of the National Election Security Task Force [NESTF], IGP Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye urged the Technical Committee to take all suggestions and contributions on board in order to institute a formidable security network for the election.

He also charged the security services not to let the nation down, as the people look up to them to deliver another peaceful election.

The Security Chiefs also used the occasion to tour some facilities put in place to support the whole election operation. These include the National Joint Operation Centre, Signal Office and the Media Monitoring Centre.

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