Mr Pontius Pilate Apaabey Baba, Upper East Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has noted that political tolerance is key to deepen the country’s democracy.
He said political tolerance also enhances national unity, stability and development.
Mr Baba made the observation in a speech read on his behalf at Zuarungu in the Bolgatanga Municipality during a debate organised by the NCCE.
The debate sponsored by UNICEF was on the topic: “Elections are necessary tools for Democratic Governance.” It was aimed at preparing the minds of Ghanaians to accept the Supreme Court ruling on the 2012 election petition.
Mr Baba said Article 35 (9) of the 1992 Constitution enjoins the State to promote the culture of political tolerance.
“This means that everybody including political parties, their leaders, followers or supporters should accept, understand, cope and endure the views and political activities of others.
“They should also ensure fairness in their activities in a manner that reduces or eliminate tension and rather promote harmony, unity and true democracy,” he said.
Mr Apaabey Baba therefore entreated Ghanaians to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court and not to do anything that would derail the peace and progress of the country.
Mr Daniel Iddrisu Dubure, Headmaster of the Zuarungu Senior High School said politics is not about war but promoting good neighbourliness.
“As Ghanaians it behoves every individual, groups and associations to bury our differences and see how we can build our nation stronger and stronger,” he said.
The Zuarungu Senior High School which spoke for the motion emerged the winner with 157 points whilst Zamstech Senior High School got 127 points.