Retired personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces and Security Expert, Col Festus Aboagye has condemned the military protection detailed for the Chairperson of the Electoral commission, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensah.
Jean Mensah has always been spotted arriving for work at EC headquarters and the Supreme Court where the 2020 election petition hearing ongoing; with armed personnel of the Armed Forces giving her protection.
This, according to Col. Aboagye is wrong and cannot be tolerated in a democratic nation like Ghana.
According to him, it is not the role of the military to provide security to parliamentarians, minister or even the EC chair unless there is an executive order for that to happen.
“It is not the role of the military even when so mandated to provide security to certain VVIPs. In the law, whether in practice or in the law, it is not the role of the military to drive civilians, not even minister, maybe Head of State and the vice but especially in situations of emergencies where maybe there is a civil war or there is a conflict, inter-ethnic conflicts in certain parts of the country.
But, the normal democratic environment we find ourselves, military are not bodyguards of parliamentarians, they are not bodyguards of ministers, and definitely they can not be bodyguards of lawyers.
And under the circumstance, the EC cannot even be protected by the military unless there is an executive order…we are not in a state of emergency.”
Col. Aboagye was speaking on TV3 news program monitored by GhanaVanguard.com.