The Volta Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday commended the New Patriotic Party in the region for demonstrating “genuine respect” for the House.
“It is significant to note that only the NPP responded to our invitation to all political parties in the region and I think this is a show of genuine respect for the House,” Togbe Afede XIV, President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, said. This was at the end- of- year general meeting of the House in Ho on Tuesday.
All political parties were invited for deliberations towards ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections in the region.
Togbe Kwaku Ayim IV, Paramount Chief of Ziavi Traditional Area, expressed disappointment at the absence of other political parties and suggested to the leadership of the House to summon the leadership of those parties before the House. “This is a show of disrespect to the honourable House and the traditional authorities,” he stated. “They must be talked to.”
Togbe Afede expressed the resolve of chiefs to be neutral in the 2012 general election and ensure that the elections were free, fair and peaceful. He urged political parties in the region to tolerate each other and be careful with their utterances. “You must remember that the tongue moves faster than the brain,” Togbe Afede admonished.
Mr George Kofi Boateng, Volta Regional Secretary of the NPP, commended the Regional House of Chiefs for its efforts at developing the region and said that is what the NPP stood for.
He assured that the NPP in the region would embark on a clean and issue-based campaign devoid of personality attacks and not trade insults.
Mr Boateng underscored the important roles chiefs play in ensuring peaceful elections and invited the chiefs to support the NPP’s call for biometric registration towards peaceful elections.
He appealed to voters in the Region to vote for competent people committed to the development of the region instead of political parties.