The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) will commit 6,000 troops to the upcoming 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.
This was stated when GAF briefed the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on its preparedness towards the 2020 general elections at the office of the Chief of Defense Staff, Burma Camp on Wednesday 14 October, 2020.
The Chief of the Defense Staff, Lt Gen OB Akwa stated unequivocally that the 2020 election would be a police led exercise with support from the military and other security agencies. He also noted with grave concern how the media peddled falsehoods about GAF in critical times such as election periods when the populace should be having full confidence in the military. He said these falsehoods affect morale and cohesion of troops.
The CDS further assured the leadership of NCCE that all facets of GAF would play their mandated roles professionally and effectively to ensure the country delivers another successful election.
Earlier, the Director General Joint Operations of GAF, Brig Gen Mahama Abdullai in his brief reiterated GAF’s commitment to ensuring peace and tranquility in the country before, during and after the general elections come 7 December 2020. He also stated that GAF over the years assisted the Ghana Police Service by providing patrol teams and quick reaction teams to support the Electoral Commission compile credible voter registers.
He, however, noted that a large section of the public were ignorant on the role of the military in national security hence were susceptible to be incited by opinion leaders through the media to stand up against the military.
The Chairperson of the NCCE, Ms Joesphine Nkrumah stated that the current secessionist uprising in the Volta Region was a threat to national security and needed to be tackled cautiously. She congratulated GAF and other security agencies for standing up to the challenge.
She also lamented that social media had been used adversely to tarnish the image of security agencies in the country so her outfit was in consultation with the National Media Commission to map out strategies to curb those occurrences.