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About 62,000 police personnel to be deployed for December elections

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About 62,000 security personnel will be deployed to polling centers across the country for the December polls.

This is to maintain law and order and ensure a peaceful election on December 7.

Briefing the media on the preparedness of the Police towards the election, the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, said the service is well-equipped for the task ahead.

He urged stakeholders to eschew acts that will create violence before, during and after the elections. He also announced that 6,178 flashpoints have been identified by the Police, adding that, although all polling stations across the country are potential flashpoints, the identified areas will be given special attention to ensure a violence-free election.

Mr. Opong-Boanuh cautioned political parties and party supporters against moving from one polling station to the other with the intention of monitoring the polls. He said such acts over the years have resulted in disturbances which ultimately disrupt the electoral process.

The IGP announced that the Police Service will create Joint Operation centers at all National, Regional and District Levels on the day of the election to monitor activities on the ground. He said channels will be created at these centers where the media, bloggers and commentators will be expected to verify information before publishing them.

This, he believes, will minimise unnecessary tension and the spread of fake news.

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