The Ghana Police will for the first time employ the use of drones in security surveillance at the launching of the much anticipated, contentious NDC manifesto to be held today, Saturday 17th September 2016 at the Sunyani Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The police debuts this strategy in an effort to effectively ensure maximum security and curb any potential electoral violence that may erupt at the NDC manifesto launch said to be attended by over 60,000 supporters, sympathizers and certainly opposition/foes.
The expected number of attendees was revealed by the Brong Ahafo NDC regional chairman, Opoku Atuahene.
“The people that will come from this region alone will be about 20,000”, Atuahene said, he continued… “We are expecting between 60 to 70,000 people to attend the programme this Saturday. We have already been in touch with security agencies and they have given us the assurance of maximum security.”
In preparation for the event, a group of policemen were seen at the aforementioned venue on Friday evening test-running the drones ahead of its official debut use on Saturday.
A team of Joy News staff who were at the venue on Friday engaged the new Brong Ahafo Police Public Affairs Director, Sergeant Samson Gbende in an interview, however, he declined to give further details about the drones, only stating that they would be used at the NDC manifesto launch the following day.
The drones worth between $10,000 and $20,000 were in August this year donated by Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) to Ghana Police Service to support their efforts to curb all forms of violence and crime in the nation.
The official NDC manifesto launch succeeds last Tuesday’s event held by the President and NDC flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama at the Banquet Hall of the State House where he revealed highlights of the manifesto. The revelation was ensued by a feud between the governing NDC and opposition NPP who accused each other of manifesto plagiarism.
However, Mahama has debunked the manifesto theft claims stating that he will go ahead with his manifesto launch without fear of duplication from the NPP. NPP on the other hand have deliberately delayed their own manifesto launch for the same reasons, slating it for October 8th 2016 in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale.
Mahama will today let Ghanaians into the details of his plans to transform Ghana in his bid for a second term tenure. Titled “Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana”, the manifesto’s four main categories includes “strong and resilient economy for job creation”, “putting people first”, “transparent and accountable governance” and “expanding social and economic infrastructure”.