The Rev Fr Dr Patrick Osei-Poku, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) 2012 Political Party Code of Conduct, has appealed to the security agencies to be firm, non-partisan and even-handed as they carried out their mandate on voting day.
They should act without fear to bring to justice anyone with the agenda to mar the smooth conduct of the polls.
Addressing more than 200 officers from the police, military, immigration, fire and prison services in Kumasi, he said the nation was looking up to them and that they could not afford to disappoint.
The Rev Father Dr Osei-Poku said the expectation was that they would do everything to assure voters of adequate security protection and the integrity of the elections.
He said it was important to draw lessons from conflicts caused by flawed elections elsewhere in Africa to avoid the pitfalls and appealed to all key political actors to work together to make the voting transparent and credible.
“This is the way to ensure that whoever is declared winner is indeed the real choice of the people,” he said.
The Rev Father Dr Osei-Poku said “having accepted to travel the path of multi-party democracy, we should all accept to play by the rules of the game”.
Resorting to violence and cheating to steal the mandate of the people is reprehensible, shameful and evil, he added. GNA