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Electoral Violence: Germany, KAIPTC train security officers in Kumasi ahead of 2024 polls

The training focuses on equipping law enforcement personnel with essential skills to prevent and manage potential instances of election violence on 7 December

Security agencies in the Ashanti Region on Monday (10 June) commenced a rigorous training course on their preparedness for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

Led by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) with support from the German Government, the training focuses on equipping law enforcement personnel with essential skills to prevent and manage potential instances of election violence on 7 December.

In a speech read on her behalf, the course director Chief Superintendent Edem Agbitor underscored the critical importance of the training, emphasizing its role in enhancing the capacity of police and other stakeholders during this critical period.

“Elections in all democracies breed tensions with the potential for violence hence the course aims to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies in the management of potential or perceived election violence situations before, during and after the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections. It will also provide information and a fundamental understanding of the role of the police and other stakeholders in the management of the electoral process”, the director said while commending participants for their dedication and active participation.

Ashanti Regional Police Commander Chief Superintendent Christopher Owusu Mpianim lauded the initiative and reiterated the commitment of the country’s security agencies to ensuring violent-free elections.

“As we head to the December polls, the people of Ghana and our friends across the world have a lot of expectations of us to fulfil our constitutional mandate of maintaining law and order as well as protecting life and property before, during and after the elections. I must admit that this course could not have come at any more appropriate time than this period as it is going to broaden the knowledge of participants and the national obligation ahead”, the police chief stated.

The Electoral Violence and Security (EVS) course saw participation from the police, military, customs, prisons, immigration, and the fire service. The training, among others, will cover topics such as elections cycle and security, recent trends in election violence, threat assessment, intelligence and early warning, Gender, Human rights and Elections Security, and community/elections security policing.

German Ambassador to Ghana Daniel Krull noted that Germany’s support to Ghana’s elections stems from its commitment to promote peace and security in the West African nation and its neighbours.

KAIPTC plans to replicate the EVS course in other regions of Ghana. Scheduled sessions have already been held in Accra and will take place in Tamale from 17 to 21 June 2024, further expanding the reach of this critical training initiative.

Reporting By Bright Yeboah, Ashanti Region

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