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General News of Tuesday, 22 November 2016


We demand impartial, untainted professionalism from police – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has officially written to the Inspector General of Police, insisting that the police exhibit a high sense of impartiality in the December 7 elections.

The letter dated November 15 and signed by Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay catalogued a number of attacks on NPP activists, which they accused the police of not showing much commitment in bringing finality to those crimes.

Copied to several state institutions, diplomatic missions, and United Nations missions in Ghana, the letter stated:

“In this critical period, with less than 22 days left until Election Day, the impartial and untainted professionalism of the Ghana Police Service is needed and is more important than ever.”

It also called on the IGP to demonstrate that he and his men “can protect, even handedly, all Ghanaians without prejudice or favouritism. “We are convinced the police have a critical role to play in ensuring that intimidation and threats of violence will not mar public confidence in the electoral process.”

The letter however warned that even though the NPP would do its best to restrain its members from taking the law into their hands, if the police fail to respond appropriate to attacks on NPP activists, it could lead to “overspill of emotions”.