The National Organiser of the Ruling New Patriotic Party, Sammi Awuku has lauded the Let My Vote Count (LMVC) Alliance for initiating moves to discourage the use of tugs and macho men in the policing of ballot boxes during the 2020 elections.
The group yesterday organized a public symposium dubbed ‘Vigilantism vs. Vigilance’ to drum home the need for all stakeholders to work at ensuring a free, fair, transparent and credible elections in the country.
The move comes on the back of plans by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to set up what they call the ballot protection unit, which main function will be to police ballot boxes on election day. Bur the LMVC, believes Ghana’s electoral processes have revolved and gone digital or electronic and does not require the use of manpower to protect ballot boxes, particularly given that the results which are collated at the polling stations are made public for all the stakeholders to see.
The symposium assembled respected and renowned persons in various fields of endeavor who drummed home the need to discourage vigilantism while promoting vigilance.
Speakers included the National Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Sammi Awuku, the Chairperson of the National Commission on Civic Education, Mrs. Josephine Nkrumah, renowned legal and media practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini, Mr. David Asante, Convener of LMVC and Dr. Kwesi Enning of the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre among others.
Speaker upon speaker was emphatic about the need to promote vigilance rather than resort to vigilantism.
Mr. Sammi Awuku took to his Facebook page to congratulate the group for a good job done.
He extolled law enforcement agencies in the country to act and deal decisively with matters that infringe the law during the elections without recourse to party colours.
He wrote ‘’Congrats to the LMVCA for a well-organized program. We are all passionate about the issue of vigilantism but being passionate is not enough. We must encourage the Law enforcement agencies to act without looking at Party colours. Great panelists, Determined Audience’’.