2016 polls: Reject dangerous parties – CCG



General News of Sunday, 3 January 2016

Source: classfmonline.com

Dr Kwabena Opuni Frimpong CCGGeneral Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong

Ghanaians must reject political parties and politicians whose actions portend danger for the country in the 2016 polls, the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has urged.

In its New Year message, signed by General Secretary Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, the Council said: “The 2016 general elections will be one of the major issues in this New Year. As Ghanaians, we must resolve to ensure that we have a peaceful and credible election.”

“We urge Ghanaians to reject any political party or politician whose actions are dangerous to the peace of the country. Ghanaians must vote against politicians who do not campaign on issues, and reject any form of inducement or vote buying.

“We must not vote for politicians because they are popular, but because they have engaged in an issue-based campaign and they have the capacity to lead and perform,” the statement said.

Read the full message below :

We must do things differently in 2016

“But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.” Deuteronomy 11:11-12

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) is extremely grateful to God Almighty for seeing the nation through the year 2015. In-spite of the many challenges that we faced in our personal lives and as nation, God has been good to us and we need to appreciate Him for giving us the opportunity to even see 2016.

The year 2016 is a very good and important year for us as a nation. Moreover, 2016 is a major decision year for Ghana. It is a good year because we can hope for the best in every facet of our lives. We need to trust God that this New Year will be one of the best years of our lives and work at it.

Attitudinal Change

Inasmuch as we must hope for a better New Year, we must recognise that it will require us to do things differently. We cannot continue to do things the same old way as we have done over the years and expect different results. We must do things differently if we indeed want to have a better life for ourselves and nation as a whole.

As Ghanaians, we must intentionally act as patriotic citizens and put our nation first in all that we do. Patriotism and nationalism are virtues which we must embrace. In our actions, we must first ask ourselves, ‘if it will benefit the nation and whether it will be in the favor of posterity’.

In 2016, we must also deepen our tolerance attitude and respect the views and inclinations of others. We must exhibit tolerance in our churches, families, communities, body-politics, place of work and schools.

As Ghanaians, we must also change our approach towards work. We must work hard and develop sound work ethics in the New Year. We must give the needed dedication and seriousness to our work and strive for excellence in our various professions. Our work environment is also a family unit, and we must ensure that we uphold the highest work ethics to enhance productivity and self-fulfillment.

Leadership Deficiency

Most of our leaders in church, politics, family, community, etc are just occupying positions as leaders. In 2016, we need our leaders not to just occupy positions but achieve tangible results that transform the lives of the people they lead. Leadership positions must be seen as a privilege to serve and better lives. In this New Year, we need leaders who will talk less but deliver the needed results we need as a people and nation.

2016 General Elections

The 2016 general elections will be one of the major issues in this New Year. As Ghanaians, we must resolve to ensure that we have a peaceful and credible election.

We urge Ghanaians to reject any political party or politician whose actions are dangerous to the peace of the country. Ghanaians must vote against politicians who do not campaign on issues, and reject any form of inducement or vote buying. We must not vote for politicians because they are popular, but because they have engaged in an issue-based campaign and they have the capacity to lead and perform.

Our Commitment

As a Council, we will continue to pray, champion the church’s missionary front, compliment government’s efforts and advocate for good governance, socio-economic justice and a prosperous Ghana.

As we have always done in every election year, the Council will engage in voter education, election observation across the nation and advocate for a peaceful and transparent elections.

It is our continuous prayer that the Lord will prosper and protect Ghana in 2016, and make her the shining star of Africa in Jesus’ name.

S.G.D

Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong

General Secretary

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