Ghanaian police officials plan to meet with leaders of the Muslim community this week as part of an effort to ensure peaceful presidential, legislative and local elections scheduled for Dec. 7, according to Cephas Arthur, spokesman for the police. Arthur also said police representatives would meet with other stakeholders before the upcoming polls. Arthur said the police have also launched a nationwide education campaign using mass and social media platforms to engage the public regarding the need to ensure a peaceful general election. “We see all these groupings are veritable stakeholders to these elections and that if we are able to bring all of them on board to jaw-jaw to find amicable solutions to all concerns that we have as far as this election is concerned,” Arthur said, “then we are sure that we will be watching the election through the same spectacle. And that we shall surely succeed in having a peaceful election come December 7, [and] that is why we are taking all these steps.’
“In addition,” Arthur added, the police are preparing as an institution, “where we are set as far as our logistics and equipment and everything is concerned.”
Arthur said the police have a two-prong strategy.
“One is being headed by the community policing unit of the police service, which is touring communities across the country, meeting with people at their homes, marketplaces, churches, mosques, … and explaining police operations, police activities to them as far as election is concerned and also seeking their concerns so that we integrate it or consider it in our plans,” he said.