National Peace Council condemns acts of provocation

Accra, Sept. 20, GNA – The National Peace
Council (NPC) has condemned the recent acts of provocation, especially the mock
burial of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flag bearer, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo
Addo, saying it undermines cultural sensitivities.

A statement signed by Most Reverend
Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the NPC, said such acts are divisive,
tension-laden and have the potential to plunge the nation into political chaos
and violence.

It said the recent violent clash between
supporters of the National Democratic Congress and the NPP at Kukuom in the
Asunafo South District, Walewale in the Mamprusi West District and the mock
burial of the NPP flag-bearer did not only leave much to be desired but also
present to all peace loving citizens a steadily escalating sense of foreboding
in respect of the impending 2016 elections.

It said it had become necessary for the NPC
in delivering its mandate in the interest of the peace and unity of the
country, to continue to urge all political parties, groups and individuals to
be decorous and circumspect in view of their campaigning for the 2016
elections.

“We humbly urge the eminent leaders of our
political parties to take leadership and hold their supporters in check to
ensure that they do not engage in such provocative acts,” the statement said.

It said the NPC would continue to appeal to
the media to be factual in their reportage of such unacceptable acts and
behaviour.

It urged all political parties to engage in
issue-based campaigning as they market themselves to the nation and avoid
invectives.

The statement encouraged the security
agencies to act swiftly and professionally in dealing with any infractions of
the law to ensure that all political parties, groups and individuals keep the
peace and unity of the nation. 

“As an Institution mandated by the Act 818,
Act 2011 to, among other things, promote understanding of the values of
diversity, trust, tolerance, confidence building, negotiation, mediation,
dialogue and reconciliation. We call on all political parties, especially the
NDC and the NPP to maintain a high sense of circumspection and restraint as
they mount their political platforms,” the statement added.

GNA

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