West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has defended the use of force by the Ghana Police Service during the Let My Vote Count demonstration on Wednesday.
Ghana Police were very professional – Bombande
“I dare say that when you compare our Police professionalism to advanced democracies without mentioning names; our Police are more professional compared to the way some Police in democracies of over 200 years control mob violence.”
WANEP co-founder Emmanuel Bombande on Unique FM’s Behind the News said: “I dare say that when you compare our Police professionalism to advanced democracies without mentioning names; our Police are more professional compared to the way some Police in democracies of over 200 years control mob violence.”
He suggested that instead of criticising the Police, the general public should rather “appreciate them” because “if data were destroyed at the EC or sensitive materials were destroyed, it will cost the nation millions of Ghana cedis so the Police could not just stand by and let that happen.”
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Pressure group, Let My Vote Count, on Wednesday embarked on a demonstration to demand a new voters register ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The demonstration however turned chaotic after some leaders of the group took a detour towards the offices of the Electoral Commission (EC) against the orders of the Police.
An attempt by the Police to stop them turned violent. Some of the demonstrators were arrested while others also sustained injuries.
According Mr. Bombande however, the Police intervention “served a greater good” because the outcome of the demonstration was indicative that “people were willing to exercise that right to protest but refused to obey the responsibility that came along with the rights.”
The leaders of Let My Vote Count group have served notice they will embark on another demonstration.
The new date for the demonstration will be announced on Thursday at a press briefing.
Convenor for the group, David Asante explained saying, “we did not get the opportunity to present a petition to the Electoral Commission. The petition is still with me and we have to find a way to present it so we will organize another demonstration.
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