9 recommendations of Emile Short Commission

9 recommendations of Emile Short Commission
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | AI
Date: 19-09-2019 Time: 08:09:02:am

1. The Commission recommends that the structure of reporting within the national security set up needs to be revised.

In the current scheme of things the technical person who also occupies the statutory security position being the national security coordinator is consigned to a fourth level position in the reporting strata.

It is recommended that he be elevated to the first level for purposes of reporting responsibilities by subordinate security officers.

The Commission recommends that the roles and responsibilities within the set be streamlined and clarified. The multiplicity of ministerial roles and scheduled officers further compounds the problem and this needs reviewing.

The Commission notes that currently, the following persons play similar if not same roles:

I. Minister, for National Security

II Minister of State for National Security

III. National Security Advisor

IV. National Security Coordinator

V. Minister for the Interior (to a limited degree)

2. The Commission notes that with the diffusion of responsibility with its attendant dangers is high.

3. The Commission recommends that the police should review their recruitment procedures and install merit-based criteria to ensure that the most qualified, and not the most well-connected, persons are enlisted. 

4. The Commission recommends that there is the need to criminalise the very existence of these groups to attack the problem from its roots. Such legislation must cover the founding, funding, groups. In addition, persons who support them must be denoted as promoters of the crimes they commit and held liable for abetment. 

5. The Commission has taken note of the circulation of certain posters titled 'WANTED,' in certain public spaces in Accra. These posters purport to declare certain persons as being on a wanted list. This is unauthorized action amounting vigilantism as it is not the police that has issued those notices. Bearing in mind the risk posed to the privacy, life and liberty of the persons involved, the Commission recommends the opening of a criminal investigation into the said act, and the perpetrators brought to book.

6. The Commission urges the Medical and Dental Council to remind their members to comply with the legal duty to endorse police forms issued in respect in respect of victims to whom they may have provided services -the subject of-ongoing criminal investigations.


7. The Commission urges that the Electoral Commission should expiate the possibility of resorting to electronic voting or some other method which does not depend on physical ballot boxes.

8. The Commission urges that the Police should mount public education on crime-scene management to ensure that the public would avoid interfering with crime scenes and thereby protect the integrity of evidence for future prosecution.

9. The Commission recommends the.establishment of an independent Police Complaints Commission based outside the police structure to deal with, complaints from the public on the conduct of police officers and so ice accountability.