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General News of Wednesday, 10 August 2016


Every polling station is potential flashpoint - Antwi-Danso

The Dean of Academic Affairs at Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College has urged security agencies to expand their radar of hostility-prone areas during the December elections to cover every polling station in the country.

Vladimir Antwi-Danso explains the unhealthy politics in the country makes the 5,000 election flashpoints identified by the 2016 National Elections and Security Task-force ahead of the polls a small figure.

“All the 29,000 polling stations should be put under that radar. They are all potential flashpoints. The country is reeling under a psychology that this election is a do-and-die affair. Politics has become a zero-sum game,” he laments.

Dr Antwi-Danso was speaking Tuesday on current affairs programme, PM Express, aired on the Joy News channel on Multi TV.

Police have said they are putting measures in place to ensure that the flashpoints do not pose any risk going into election 2016, but Antwi-Danso foresees a daunting task for the security personnel.

“Elsewhere if we understand democracy, who wins an election does not matter, how the person rules is what matters. But now we are more concerned about who wins. Under such a situation people don’t reason,” he said.

He blamed the media for fueling the damaging political climate and discourse that he says makes the upcoming elections very heightened.

“There is so much indiscipline in the country,” he said.