The Police Administration has called on the public, political parties and party sympathisers to exercise maximum restraint as the Electoral Commission goes through the laid-down process of declaring the results.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, the Director General of Operations, Ghana Police Service, said there seemed to be rising tension in the aftermath of the counting of the ballots.
He said the two major political parties (National Democratic Congress and New Patriotic Party) have been holding series of press conferences to state their respective positions on the likely outcome of the polls.
He described the turn of events as unfortunate as it seemed to be creating an anti-climax to the otherwise near-perfect electoral process.
The Director-General said the Service and its sister security agencies are calling for patience.
He assured the political parties and other stakeholders of the administration’s commitment to providing protection and security for all Ghanaians.
He called on the media to use their outfit judiciously and with utmost circumspection in order not to inflame passion and incite the public.
COP Yohuno said the Police would do everything within their power to discharge their mandate to all Ghanaians.
“To this end the public is entreated to desist from any action that has the potential of jeopardising the peace that the country is enjoying,” he said.
COP Yohuno urged the public to put the country first and resort to due process and non-violent means in addressing their concerns and grievances.
He assured the public of its continuous fairness and neutrality in enforcing the law saying the Police would not countenance any breach of the peace, as offenders would be made to face the law.
“We are also closely monitoring the situation,” he said.