Kumasi — The security forces in the Ashanti Region have declared their battle readiness to deal with all forms of electoral violence as well as other unscrupulous elements that may attempt to disrupt the upcoming elections.
They say they have made adequate preparations towards ensuring that voters, who will cast their votes on the day, would do so under maximum security and without any fear of intimidation.
The personnel declared that they were particularly ready for anyone or group of persons who would attempt to steal ballot boxes or engage in any illegal acts that would compromise the integrity of the elections.
At a simulation exercise organized over the weekend to test their battle readiness, the security services, made up of the Police, the Military, Fire Service, Immigration and CEPS, indicated that they were leaving no stone unturned in their quest to protect the polls and ensure smooth, transparent and peaceful elections.
The exercise saw the personnel stimulating on how to respond to emergency during the election and to control any form of unruly behaviour from the public. The main focus was, however, on how to deal with people who will attempt to steal ballot boxes on the voting day.
The first demonstration started at Abbeys Park in Ashanti New Town in Kumasi where the Electoral Commission and other officials set up for the elections.
The right process was followed; ballot boxes were also checked to make sure they are empty. Voting started at the exact time and voters excluding the disabled were coming in numbers to cast their votes.
The exercise was led by the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Augustine Gyenin, Commander in Charge of the Northern Command (4BN), Lt. Col. S. W. K. Pardey, and Heads of the Immigration and Customs Excise and Preventive Services (CEPS).
DCOP Gyenin told the media after the exercise that it was purposely meant to test their preparedness towards Friday's elections.
He assured the people, especially qualified voters not to feel intimidated but come out in their numbers to cast their ballot, since the security would be there to maintain peace and order.