Tuesday, 23 July

NDC PC’s arrest: Discharge your duties without creating suspicion – AEI to Police

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The AEI also called on Ghanaians to avoid politicising police activities

The African Electoral Institute (AEI) has expressed concern over the recent arrest and detention of Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu Senya East. 

In a statement issued on Monday, 10 June 2024, the AEI highlighted the worrying nature of the police actions and called for greater professionalism and transparency in their operations.

The AEI described the development as “very worrying.”

The AEI underscored the importance of allowing state institutions to function independently, free from interference, to maintain safety and prevent intimidation.

While acknowledging the necessity for law enforcement to operate without undue influence, the AEI stressed that police actions should be proportional to the alleged offenses. 

“The action(s) of the Police should be measurable to the alleged offence to prevent or ensure that no other meanings are read into their operations,” the statement continued. 

The Institute criticised the police for not adequately informing the public about the reasons for Ms. Okunor's arrest, leading to widespread speculation.

In light of the rising political tensions as elections approach, the AEI urged the police to adopt more strategic, tactical, and effective methods in their duties. 

“The current political temperature is heating up and this should let the Police adopt more strategic, tactical, and effective ways of going about their duties without suspicion from any quarters to suggest that they are doing the bidding of anyone to the disadvantage of another,” the AEI advised.

The AEI also called on Ghanaians to avoid politicising police activities, which can complicate their work and diminish their motivation. 

“It is very important for the Police to do their work with utmost professionalism. The Police must be seen to be fair but firm in the discharge of their duties to underscore their motto, which is: “Service with Integrity,” the statement added.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku