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The Minister of National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah has assured Ghanaians of a free, fair and peaceful elections in December this year.
The minister who appeared before parliament on Thursday November 5 to address the House on the security situation in the country especially as the country heads into the elections urged politicians to “uphold unity as the ultimate value before, during and after the elections”.
This, he said, will help in ensuring a violent free polls.
Mr Kan Dapaah also revealed that measures have been put in place to forestall any violence and to also deal with miscreants.
The Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu urged the minister not to be trivial with security in the country.
Mr Iddrisu demanded from the minister a transparent election adding, “we will not accept intimidation in the name of national security” during the elections.
He said deployment of security personnel for the elections should come from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and his men and women and not from any other security agency so that if there are challenges they could hold the IGP and his men responsible.
The Tamale South lawmaker said the minister in his presentation did not mention any material or resource challenge and hopes everything is in place for a peaceful election.
The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu also urged his colleagues to desist from actions and utterances that can incite violence.
He said “these politicians at one moment openly threaten the violence should they lose the elections and at another raise concerns about rising insecurity in the country” Mr speaker “ this is unacceptable and must be condemned with no uncertain terms. The national security minister added despite the politicization of national security which has the potential to undermine the efforts of state security actors’ state actors “have remained resolved in ensuring a peaceful environment.”
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