Flagbearers are safe in our hands – Police

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The police administration is assuring political parties that it will provide security for their flagbearers ahead of the 2016 elections.

Director of Public Affairs Superintendent Cephas Arthur told Joy News his outfit has already met with some political parties and other stakeholders over the same matter.

“What we did in 2012 and we are set to do again is to provide police security escort for flagbearers and their running mates.

“We have put in place some of these measures and we are going to continue this year,” he promised.

His assurance comes at a time when the New Patriotic Party is said to be illegally training some of its workers using security experts from South Africa.

The trainees were supposed to provide security to the party’s flagbearer and other key members of the party.

But Cephas Arthur said all the parties must trust the police to offer security for its leaders like it did in 2012.

Whilst he would not say exactly when the security personnel will be deployed he said the plan will be executed before elections.

He said “when the campaigns heat up the security will be provided. In 2012 we provided security to the extent that Hassan Ayariga used his escort for more than even four months after the elections,” he stated.

He even before the campaign gets hotter, if any of the presidential candidates feel threatened they can request for police protection and that would be provided.

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