Upper East political stakeholders discuss December elections

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA

Bolgatanga, Sept. 1, GNA – Stakeholders in the
Upper East Region have developed a roadmap towards ensuring peaceful election
in December.

They include representatives of the various
political parties, traditional and religious leaders, youth groups, Persons
with Disability and Assembly Members. 

They met at separate fora in the Bolgatanga
Central and East, Bongo, Talensi and Nabdam Constituencies to discuss how peace
could be maintained before, during and after the December general elections.

The representatives of the various political
parties were made to sign the roadmap in the presence of the other
stakeholders.

Key among the roadmap is that, political
parties should avoid the use of indecent language and insults during their
campaigns and radio discussions and commentary and rather focus on their
manifestos; and no more than one political party should hold a rally at the
same venue at the same time.

They also passed a resolution not to destroy,
remove or deface literature or posters of other political parties at approved
areas and avoid reckless riding of motorbikes.

The stakeholders also proposed that the aged,
pregnant women and persons with disabilities should be given the opportunity to
vote without joining the queue on voting day and that agents of political
parties should abide by the rules.

“All political parties and candidates should
openly restrain their members and supporters from reacting violently to
election results and shall use all available means of mass media communication
to restrain their members and supporters who react violently to election
results. No intimidation at polling stations on the day of voting by macho men.
All polling stations should be accessible and friendly to PWDs on the day of
voting. After declaration of results the winning party should not jubilate to
the house of the losing party and should be modest”, they stated.

The fora were organised on the theme:”
Enhanced Citizens Participation in Election 2016”, by Trade Aid Integrated with
sponsorship from STAR-Ghana.

Mr Simon Amoah, the Project Coordinator, said
the ultimate aim of the project was to contribute towards ensuring a peaceful,
free and fair election in this year’s general elections and also contribute to
the reduction of rejected ballot papers and increase voter turnout.

GNA

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