Delays in prosecuting electoral offences is from A.G. - Kudalor
Director-General Operation, Commissioner Of Police (COP) John Kudalor has emphasised that since his outfit does not have the power to prosecute election-related offences until clearance is given from the Attorney General’s department, it should not be blamed for the delay.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show
, COP Kudalor said “electoral offences are special; there is a procedure for election offences. All the election offences that have come to the notice of the Police, the dockets have been sent to the A.G.’s department for advice. I know some have advices on them and some have still not been attended to. So far as we [Police] are concerned, we’ve done ours to the point that we should. But we are waiting. We do all prosecution and other things on behalf of the Attorney General’s department. Because we are under staffed we do the prosecution and other things, so all we do is we send the docket to them, they will go through and advice us accordingly.”
“So until that fiat is taken off, we cannot go directly to prosecute election offences, that is what is in the criminal code... So until the AG’s department advice on the matter or dockets we cannot go directly to prosecute election offences. That is what is stated,“ he stated.
Meanwhile, the Police administration has advised the general public that despite the number of flashpoints it has recorded across the country, it will work diligently to ensure a free, fair and transparent election.
According to them all security activities at the various polling stations would be linked up through a dedicated communications network which will help provide assistance and protection for every security man who would be deployed.
By: Evans Effah/citifmonline.com/Ghana