Monday, 26 February

2024 election security: We'll play 'background role' but 'ready to act when police calls us' - CDS tells Jean Mensa

General News
Chief of Defence Staff Vice Admiral Seth Amoama

Chief of Defence Staff Vice Admiral Seth Amoama has promised the Electoral Commission that the Ghana Armed Forces will provide background support to the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies during the 2024 elections. 

While acknowledging that the army will not take a frontline role in terms of providing security for the elections, he emphasised GAF's 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 when he spoke at a national election security task force meeting, 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”.

At the same meeting, Inspector-General of Police George Akuffo Dampare also assured EC Chairperson 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. 

“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.

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