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Asantehene charges police with maintaining non-violent polling

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II charged security agencies, in particular the Ghanaian Police Service, with the task of ensuring that elections were held on 7 December without incidents of violence.

He said that before, after and after the polls, the police should deal with whoever wants to cause trouble.

He filed this charge on Thursday, October 15, when he was summoned by Police Inspector General James Oppong-Boanuh at Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

“The peace of the elections is in your hands,” said the King of the Kingdom of Asante in Twi, a local language.

“The IGP made sure the police were prepared for the exercise. Anyone who wants to cause trouble should be treated lawfully.

He noted that the only country for all, including politicians, is Ghana.

Therefore, he urged them to be circumspect in the declaration and to recognize the results of the elections.

“We will give it to you when we vote and you win. There’ll be another election if you lose at least four more years from now. This is what has been accepted by Ghanaians.

If you disagree with the conclusions, you should submit it to court for a ruling that both of us can accept. Chaos is not required.

He also urged young people not to pursue leaders blindly in order to cause trouble.

Mr Oppong-Boanuh, the IGP, was satisfied with this and appealed to traditional leaders to warn young people not to be used as weapons to perpetrate abuse.

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