“LET’S HAVE FAITH IN THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM”
Date published: September 28, 2012
From Michael Boateng, Odomase
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo has called on all political parties to have faith in the electoral system, since Dr. Afari Gyan and his team have what it takes to organize credible, free, fair and transparent elections.
In a speech read for him at the launch of a National Peace Campaign, dubbed “Let There Be Peace 2012” at Odomase in the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo, Mr. Nyamekye-Marfo indicated that the International community was monitoring with a magnifying glass the manner in which this year’s elections will be conducted.
The event also formed part of activities commemorating this year’s International Day of Peace was initiated by Global Media Foundation in collaboration with Coalition of Christian Youth against Electoral Violence.
Mr. Nyamekye-Marfo stressed the need for political tolerance, taking cognizance of the fact that political differences in ideology do not mean enmity between politicians.
According to the Regional Minister, “governance is not a do or die affair, neither is it a win at all cost game”, adding that governance is all about policies and programmes that must be sold to the electorate to enable them make their choices based on the options.
Mr. Nyamekye-Marfo, also the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Sunyani West, commended Global Media Foundation and its collaborators for the initiative and called on all Ghanaians to support the peace campaign in ensuring violence-free elections come December 7th.
The Odomase District Pastor of the Church of Pentecost, Pastor Daniel Onyame-Tease urged political parties to offset any negative events that could create unnecessary tensions in the country.
He underscored the need for parties to run clean, free and fair campaign devoid of any acrimony.
This, he noted, would help to avoid the mayhem and destruction that might characterized the December elections.
Pastor Onyame-Tease asked politicians and their agents to stop using abusive, inflammable language and avoid utterances that would not auger well for the wellbeing of the country.
The Chairperson of the Coalition of Christ Youth Against Electoral Violence, Sam Biako, said Ghana was now regarded as the beacon of democracy in Africa.
He however observed that despite these success chalked by the country, there have not been any election conducted without seeing pockets of clashes or conflicts taking place in the process, especially among the NPP and NDC.
Mr. Biako urged the youth to reject any politician who would influence them to cause political mayhem in the upcoming elections.
In a speech read for him, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the NCCE, Michael Amponsah, was worried about the increasing rejection of ballots in every election and entreated NGOs, Churches, CBOs and other organizations to educate the electorate on how to vote.
He stressed the need to intensify public education on the need to ensure peaceful elections in December.
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