We have difficulty obtaining witnesses – Police
Ghana Police Service said investigations are still ongoing into violence that occurred in parts of the country during the 2020 general election, Ghana Police Service Director of Public Affairs ACP Kwesi said. Ofori.
He revealed that some of the cases are ready pending the opinion of the attorney general’s office.
âDuring the elections, the police did everything to make the elections successful. Of the faults and other incidents that occurred, the police took most of them to court. “
âThere are some that are also under investigation; there are some before the attorney general’s office for investigation, there are some that are still under investigation. I believe that so far all is well, the police have been in place and done.
We are human, there may be some faults, delays due to technical issues, as most cases require some sort of forensic examination, filed service scans, expert opinions and contacted witnesses. It is difficult to get witnesses and there are some who have come forward. “
âAt the end of the day, as a nation, I think we’re doing well. The police in themselves are democratic in nature, âsaid ACP Kwesi Ofori in the 2021 report on Wednesday, December 29.
During the polls, a total of 61 electoral and post-electoral incidents were recorded across the country, the Ghana Police Service said in a statement on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
The statement said 21 of the incidents were genuine electoral violence, including six involving gunfire, resulting in the deaths of five people.
The police statement further noted that there was several fake news about alleged election violence.
âHowever, between 7 a.m. on December 7, 2020 and 10 a.m. on December 9, 2020, the NESTF Joint Operations Center recorded a total of sixty-one (61) electoral and post-election incidents nationwide. Twenty-one of the incidents are genuine cases of electoral violence, six of which involved gunshots resulting in the death of five people, âthe police statement said.
The President of the Election Commission (EC) of Ghana, Ms. Jean Adukwei Mensa expressed her concerns about the deaths that characterized the general elections of 2020.
Speaking at a meeting of the All-Party Consultative Committee (IPAC) in Accra on Tuesday, May 18, Ms. Adukwei Mensa said: âAn extremely disturbing challenge is the violence which has led to the deaths of citizens of our country.
“And we say never again. We should never go to an election and kill someone again. Here too, there is a tendency to point the finger at the EC when security is not the central mandate of the EC.
âI have read the constitution and security is not part of our main mandate. I take this opportunity to clarify that the EC is not responsible for the security of the elections, although the entire election and its success rests on the shoulders of the Commission. Our mandate, as enshrined in the Constitution, does not include security.
She further proposed that voting in Ghana’s elections end at 3:00 p.m. rather than 5:00 p.m.
âWe are proposing to close the polling stations at 3 p.m. rather than 5 p.m. In 2019, we announced our decision to close the polling stations at 3:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m., during the 2020 elections. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strict and necessarily long security protocols that we set up in our polling stations, we were forced to suspend this proposal.
âOver the past several months, however, this proposal has resurfaced in various sections of the public, and indeed our own experience of the 2020 election has revealed that this is a workable proposal, because at 1 p.m. , most of the polling stations were empty. , suggesting that this is a workable proposition. It is therefore a reform that we intend to propose.
Other proposals she has made include: their Ghanaian card or passport and registering as voters. This will help us eliminate nationwide registration exercises and go a long way in reducing the cost of elections.
âWe also offer a year-round exhibition system that will allow citizens to check their registration details on their smartphones and other mobile devices. Citizens would not have to wait for an exposure exercise to verify their contact details. They will be able to do this all year round.
âWe propose to make our collation process more efficient by focusing on data entry only at the constituency collation center. The entry point for entering data into the system will be the constituency collection center. The data, i.e. the results of the constituency collation, will be made available to all stakeholders at regional and national levels.
From the data entered at the Constituency Data Center, the system will generate regional and national reports without further data entry at any of these levels. By adopting this system, the problem of minor inaccuracies in the collation process and unnecessary delays will be greatly reduced. “