According to the Ghana Police Service, 204 incidents of violence were reported in the recent voter registration exercise conducted by the Electoral Commission ( EC) ahead of the general elections in December 2020.
Addressing the press on Wednesday, 4 November 2020, the Head of the National Election Security Task Force, DCOP Edward Tabiri, said that 310 people have so far been detained along with nearly 20 people charged with attempting to cause trouble during the registration exercise.
We have convicted nearly 20 people so far, but not all of them have been imprisoned since then. There are some that are made to pay and let go of fines determined by the courts. We consult the Attorney-General for advice on certain occasions, ” he added.
He added that “120 of the 204 cases found are under review at present.”
DCOP Tabiri, who is also the Director-General of the Criminal Intelligence Branch of the Ghana Police Force, asked Ghanaians to supply specific information to the police in order to facilitate inquiries into those cases.
The explanation for the delay in the cases that come before us is that after disclosing those events to us, often people are unable to help us with more details to aid in investigations. One thing is to report the case and another is to help us in the inquiries. There are those that prefer to settle the cases themselves as well.
He regretted cases when certain defendants had to be convicted and released by the courts for lack of prosecution.
62,794 defense officers to be mobilized for the 2020 elections
Police Inspector-General James Oppong-Boanuh says a total of 62,794 security forces will be mobilized for the 2020 general election to provide security.
He said they will include police officers, military officers, and staff from, among others, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Fire Service, and the Ghana Revenue Authority.
On Wednesday, 4 November 2020, the IGP briefed the press: “62,794 security staff from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Fire Service, the Ghana Prison Service, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Revenue Authority Customs Division and the Ghana Armed Forces are deploying to the elections.”