As the Ashanti Regional Police take steps to ensure that sanity prevails in the run-up to the December elections, one trend it has decided to halt is the tendency for political party activists to escort their bigwigs to functions using unlicensed motorbikes.
The police say that these unlicensed motorbikes are the very vehicles used by criminals to terrorise residents, and has therefore decided to descend heavily on users, including those used for political activities.
“This is unacceptable and unlawful,” Regional Police Commander DCOP Augustine Gyenning said at a meeting with the political parties last Tuesday in Kumasi. The meeting was to deliberate and strategise for a “clean and peaceful electioneering campaigns towards incident-free elections in December.”
DCOP Gyenning explained that his outfit was not against the practice of rendering escorts by using motorbikes, “but users must make sure that such bikes are licensed.”
The Ashanti Region topped all other regions in terms of violence that were recorded during the recently ended biometric registration exercise.
On this, DCOP Gyenning faulted both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for unnecessarily raising the political temperature in the region.
Source: The Finder
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