Ghana Post launches peaceful election stamps

By Lydia Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 17, GNA
– Ghana Post Company Limited, has launched five new peaceful election stamps as
a way of adding a voice to that of numerous Ghanaians to buttress the need for
peaceful elections this year.

The stamps carry
messages of peace and a call to citizens to commit themselves to securing the
peace of the nation as Ghana journey into the general election on December 7.

The stamps are to
serve as both commemorative artifacts as well as denominative stamps for daily
posting of letters.

Launching the stamps,
Brigadier General Joseph K. Klobodu (Rtd), Board Chairman of Ghana Post Company
Limited said the stamps are being released to support peace before, during and
after presidential and parliamentary elections.

He said the images
and captions on the stamps talk about the need to sacrifice for peace, justice,
fair play, harmony as well as messages of forgiveness and tolerance in the
election year and beyond.

He said peace is
very essential and at no point in time should Ghanaians overlook its benefits.

“There is therefore
the need for each and every one of us to strive and aim at attaining peace in
carrying out our daily activities, not only because we have elections before us
but also to help promote cohesion and accelerate national development.”

Klobodu said as he served in the Ghana Armed Forces for more than 30 years, he
could recall stories and adverse effects of conflicts and civil strife in many
countries where he participated in peacekeeping and peace support operations.

He said most of
those war afflicted countries had their very promising economies destroyed by
conflicts, warning that “Ghana should not and must not be plunged into any such
unfortunate situation in the name of consolidating our democratic credentials”.

Brigadier-Gen Klobodu
said all indications point to the fact that Ghana is poised to add to its
enviable record of organising successful and peaceful elections.

He said all must
put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure that the record is kept intact.

He advised the electorate
to abide by laid down rules and procedure in order to avoid unnecessary
confrontations, which in turn would result in security breaches.

Mr Eric Yao,
Managing Director of Ghana Post said his company decided to release the stamp
as part of efforts to promote and sustain peace as the Company as part of
Corporate Ghana could only do businesses when the nation was stable and

He advised
Ghanaians not to take for granted the peace being enjoyed in the country,
saying, “we in Ghana cannot afford to sit unconcerned when people make
unguarded statements that could incite violence. It is this same silence that
drove other countries to war and conflict”.

He urged all to
help consolidate and protect the peace in Ghana.

“Ghana Post is very
much alive. In a short time to come, the company will be coming out with new
and innovative products for our numerous customers. To this we pray for peace,
during and after the general election.”

Mr Isaac Riverson,
Executive Secretary of the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission
said the Post since time immemorial had been used as a medium to call for peace
and also communicate the message of the hearts amongst people.

He explained that
post offices could not function when there is no peace in the country, regions,
districts and local communities where they operate.

“It is only in an
atmosphere of peaceful co-existence that we can send a letter that has two
hearts to connect in joy.”

He therefore
commended Ghana Post for the efforts to publish new stamps aimed at promoting
peaceful elections in the country.

He said “the stamps
would play the intelligent role of a counsellor, the stamps would travel the
world over with their message to even generations yet unborn”.

Mr Riverson urged
all to spread the message of peace across the country, and refrain from
unnecessary comments and arguments that have the potential to divide the

Mr Amadu Sulley,
Deputy Chairman in charge of Operation at the Electoral Commission commended
Ghana Post for its role in supporting peaceful elections while assuring
Ghanaians that the EC had put certain mechanism in place to ensure credible and
peaceful elections.

He said the EC
would never do anything concerning the elections based on its own discretion
but the Commission would operate according to the legal framework to ensure
accuracy, transparency and free and fair elections.


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