Council of State, GMA call for restraint after Election petition judgement
The Council of State has called for restraint in the use of the media for expressing discordant views which have the potential of undermining peace and security in the country.
In a statement it issued in Accra, the council said, ‘there is the need to put the past behind us so that the nation can forge ahead in peace and unity in our common desire to move the country forward.’
The statement reminded everyone of the greater challenge of safeguarding the stability and peace in the country after the Supreme Court judgement.
It commended President John Dramani Mahama; the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo; party supporters, religious bodies, the Peace Council and Ghanaians for their comportment before, during and after the Supreme Court’s judgement on the election petition.
The council thanked God for heeding the nation’s prayers for peace after the judgement.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to hold their supporters in check to prevent them from using inflammatory and unprintable words against one another in the aftermath of the December 2012 election dispute.
‘While commending President Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo for their maturity so far in handling the December 2012 presidential dispute, the GMA appeals to them and the leadership of their political parties to restrain their followers from any action likely to undermine the serene atmosphere we are enjoying in the country.’
These were contained in a statement signed by the President of the GMA, Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei.
‘Victory is good and loss is bitter, so both the NDC and NPP should control their supporters very well, especially their respective communicators, from using the airwaves as platforms to hurl abusive languages at one another,’ the statement said.
It said since both petitioners and respondents acknowledged that it was only the Supreme Court that could handle the December 2012 presidential dispute, it was important for the citizenry to appreciate the judgement delivered by the court last Thursday.
The GMA commended the general public for the mature manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the period the Supreme Court heard the election petition.
‘The GMA highly commends Ghanaians for not resorting to violence in addressing the presidential dispute to give medical officers extra work to do in the various health facilities across the country,’ the statement said.
It called on the electronic and print media to refrain from allowing their media to be used as platforms to fornent trouble in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgement.
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