Sunday, 21 July

I'll give you peaceful 2024 election - IGP tells Jean Mensa

IGP, George Akufo Dampare

Inspector-General of Police George Akuffo Dampare has assured the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, that the security agencies are committed to ensuring a peaceful and incident-free 2024 election, emphasising the continuity of the peaceful electoral environment since he assumed office. 

Speaking at a national election security task force meeting, Dr Dampare pledged protection for all involved in the polls.

“We want to assure my sister [EC Chairperson] that we will continue to work with my colleagues here, to ensure that just as elections in the country, since I took over, have been peaceful, the 2024 polls will be the same", Dr Dampare promised.

Also at the meeting was the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, who, in like manner, affirmed that the Ghana Armed Forces will provide background support to the police and other security agencies during the 2024 elections. 

While acknowledging that the army won't take a frontline role, he emphasised their readiness to assist the Police if called upon.

"...We may not be in the upfront of election duties but we will be in the background to support you, the Police Service, and other security services", Vice Admiral Amoama said, stressing: "The Armed Forces is ready to act accordingly when we are called upon but for the election duties proper, I will leave it to the security services to be in the forefront".

He emphasised: "We will always be in the background to act appropriately when we are called upon”.

EC Chair Jean Mensa expressed gratitude to the security agencies for their support during past elections.