Collaboration needed by all stakeholders ensure peaceful elections

By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Sept.
16, GNA – Participants who attended the Cape Coast edition of Graphic
Communications Group Limited’s (GCGL) town hall meetings have said there the
need for political parties to take a bold stance and commit themselves to
ensuring peaceful elections.

The participants
comprising representatives of political parties, security agencies, National
Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), religious groups and the media said the
political parties have a major influence on the electorates.

In this regard,
they must avoid acts of provocations and misconduct in public to create the
impression that there was no enmity between them for their followers to
emulate, the participants said.

They have also
urged political leaders to be honest and be very mindful of their utterances
and also portray themselves as agents of peace.

The town hall
meetings formed part of GCGL efforts to bring political parties and their
constituents together to share ideas for the common good and also to deepen and
consolidate the multi-party democracy of the country.

Under the theme:
“Good governance, a key to development and growth in Ghana” the meeting
provided the forum for representatives of the political parties to make
commitments towards peaceful elections.

The political
parties after series of discussions urged the stakeholders in the elections
especially the electoral commission and the security agencies to remain neutral
as their partiality could undermine the credibility of the electoral process.

They also pledged
not to engage in actions that would mar the peace of the country and reiterated
their commitment to speak to their followers to desist from making inflammatory
comments that could trigger violence on air.

Mr Kwamena Duncan,
Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said the 1992 constitution
provided the President with too much power saying there is the need for an
amendment in the portion that gave the President the power to appoint the
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

He urged the
political parties to abide by the rules of the political game.

Mr Yaw Asiedu,
Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Central
Region, said the party would continue to co-operate with all political parties
to ensure that there is peace in the coming general elections.

Mr Ransford Tetteh,
editor of the Daily Graphic, said companies could only transact business when
there is a peaceful atmosphere hence the organisation of the event.

Nana Kow Akon V,
Twaafohen of Oguaa Traditional Area, who chaired the event called on Ghanaians
to continue to preach peace even after the elections in December.

GNA

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