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GBA calls for establishment of Regional Police Committees

By Dennis Peprah/Daniel A Ashietey, GNA

Abesim (B/A), Aug. 7, GNA – The Ghana
Bar Association (GBA) has called for urgent establishment of the Regional
Police Committees as enshrined in the 1992 constitution.

The Regional Police Committees will
feed the Police Council with necessary security information from the various
regions for prompt action.

Mr Alfred Tuah Yeboah, the
Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the GBA, made the call during a public engagement
on “the menace of political party vigilantism and Ghana’s Electoral Politics”
held at Abesim, near Sunyani.

It was organised by the Coalition of
Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) with support from the USAID and brought
together participants from the clergy, Muslim community, civil society
organisation, media, security agencies, religious, and other public
institutions.

Mr Yeboah expressed discomfort that
though Article 204 of the 1992 constitution clearly outlined its membership,
the Police Council and successive governments have failed to set up the
committees in the various regions without any apparent reason.

He said the establishments of the
committees are essential in these days of emerging security threats in the
country, adding that the committees would enable the police administration to
respond quickly to internal security matters.

Mr Yeboah said national security
issues ought to be given the utmost attention, adding that as the supreme law
of the land, certain provisions in the 1992 constitution must not be
overlooked.

Mr Albert Kofi Arhin, the National
Coordinator of CODEO, an independent and non-partisan network of civil society
group, faith-based organisations and professional bodies, called on
stakeholders including political party groups and security agencies to help
address the growing menace of vigilantism.

He said CODEO which comprises 42
organisations would continue to advocate a peaceful and credible general
election and urged the public to work together to support the crusade against
political party vigilantism.

Mr Arhin urged the media to make the
growing menace topical in their outlet to attract public attention for national
discourse.

Ambassador Francis Tsegah, a Senior
Fellow at the CODEO Secretariat, said the existence of political vigilante
groups was illegal and the government must ban those groups immediately.

“The leadership of the NPP and NDC
who are largely responsible for the emergence of these groups should own up to
their responsibilities and work together with the police to disband all
politically affiliated vigilante groups”, he added.

GNA

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