THE Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Ms Patricia Appiagyei, has inaugurated the Metropolitan Security Election Task Force with a call on people to co-operate with the authorities to ensure peaceful elections in December.
She warned that the necessary action would be taken against any group of people who attempted to disturb the peace in the metropolis.
The task force comprised representatives of the National Security Council Secretariat, Police Service, Armed Forces, Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service and the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service.
The rest were Defence Intelligence, Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Bureau of National Communications, Ghana Immigration Service and the Information Services Department.
Apart from the core business of ensuring peace before, during and after the elections, the task force was also tasked to prevent suspicion and ensure credibility and neutrality in their duties.
Ms Appiagyei noted that there was only one country — Ghana — for the people, and it was the duty of all to ensure that the country remained intact after the elections.
"Maintaining peace and safety is indeed a shared responsibility for all Ghanaians", she observed.
The Metro Chief Executive cited how some otherwise peaceful nations degenerated into violence due to the intolerance of politicians and said Ghana could not afford to toe that line.
She said the violence at some of the registration centres during the recent voter registration exercise was indicative of the challenges confronting the task force.
"As a committee, let us collaborate, let us consult and let us apply all the necessary measures to ensure peace", she said.
Ms Appiagyei told the members of the committee that the people would only accept them when they remained impartial in the performance of their duties.
She stated that the fact that people belonged to different political parties should not make them enemies.