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National Election Security Taskforce identifies 6,178 flash points

BY: Emmanuel Bonney
Mr James Oppong Boanuh - Inspector General of Police
Mr James Oppong Boanuh - Inspector General of Police

The National Election Security Taskforce has identified 6,178 flash points; potential trouble spots across Ghana for Election 2020.

The flash points are in Accra, Tema, Central, Eastern, Volta, Oti, Western, Western North and Ashanti regions.

The rest are in Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Savannah, Northern, North East, Upper and Upper West Regions.

The Ashanti Region tops with 975 flash points followed by the Central Region with 906 flash points and Eastern Region with 891 flash points.

The others are Accra, 500; Northern Region, 393; Upper East Region, 345; Western Region, 323; Upper West, 292; Western North, 292 and Volta Region, 275.

Others are Oti Region, 261; Tema, 189; Bono, 179; Savannah, 129;  Bono East, 118 and North East, 60.

The Chairman of the National Election Security Taskforce, Mr James Oppong Boanuh, who is the current Inspector General of Police said at a press conference in Accra Wednesday, November 4, 2020 that we are approaching all polling stations as potential flash points.

“However, we have identified 6,178 flash points nationwide. The flash points were decided based on a number of factors such as incidents recorded in previous elections, this year’s voters registration exercise and high crime rates and other factors,” he said.

Consequently, he said the taskforce’s approach in those areas would be slightly different from other areas, and that rampant patrols and standby forces might be visible to prevent any mishap from happening.

Mr Oppong Boanuh said hotspots and strategies for handling them would be reviewed based on emerging issues.

Responding to a question on the use of motorbikes, he said, there were not allowed 100 metres to polling stations.

The National Elections Taskforce was inaugurated on December 7, 2020 to pave way for district and regional taskforces to also start work.

Following that, the IGP said “we have since increased our momentum for our planning , stayed focused and been executing activities geared
towards providing the needed security.

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