Ashanti Regional Security Committee Chairman Mr. Osei-Mensah is sounding a strong advise to vigilante groups to stay away from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries else the security services will deal with them properly.
He also sounded clear that, the security agencies will go by the laws of the country in dealing with them if they try to act unlawfully.
“We have security services that will police the elections; they include the police service who are the lead security service and they will be supported by the army, fire services, prisons, immigration and customs, who will also provide personnel to support”.
He added that, the security agencies do not need the help of any vigilante groups before the election could be held peacefully.
“We don’t need any vigilante group from anywhere. So, if you are a macho man or who you are, we don’t need anyone. Secondly, we don’t need any motorbike around the polling station or in the immediate surroundings. We don’t want anything that will bring confusion”, Mr. Osei Mensah mentioned on an Accra based radio station.
He has also warned that bringing of Gun to poling stations is prohibited. He cautioned, the police will arrest anyone found with such ‘weapon’.
“Let me warn that we don’t want anyone to carry a gun or pistol on him/her because if the security services apprehend you, they will arrest you and deal with you as the law stipulates. So, I advise that no one should carry any weapon.” He stated.
He also begged the delegates to adhere to all the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 protocol outlined by the government to avoid spread of the virus.
“The times we are in is not a good period. The measures the President and his team have implemented to fight the COVID-19, we should adhere to. When you get there and they ask you to wash your hands, don’t behave as if you are a ‘guy guy’ or the only sensible person. There is no guy guy issue, don’t say do you know me…who are you, wash your hands. The disease doesn’t know who is he or who you are, it can infect anybody, it can infect the President, it can infect watchmen, it can infect a cleaner. When you get to the polling station, allow the officers to exhibit all the necessary practices.”
He concluded by adding, this election will help know how the December 7th 2020 parliamentary and presidential election will be.
“The primaries are prelims. The main fight is the 7th December, so we should make sure we are united, during and after the elections, so we go into the elections with a united front and win the elections like we did in 2016.”