Will the December elections be peaceful?
It is less than three months for Ghanaians to go to the polls to exercise their franchise for the 2012 general elections, but the attitudes of some of our people do not reflect that we will have peaceful elections.
As patriots of this nation, our major responsibility is to maintain the peace and order that our fore fathers toiled. Peace is a precious asset and legacy every country can leave for generations to enjoy. Peace is the pivot of national development and stability, thus we need peace forever.
The question we are failing to ask ourselves is “what strategic measures are we putting in place to bring peace towards the elections?”Ghana cannot be transformed without a productive conscious effort of peaceful attitudes.
On a more serious note, the attitudes of some politicians are entirely questionable in bringing peace to our country. Each day, issues of conflict threaten our society from the utterances and actions of our top officials and politicians.
Issues of insults and personal attacks are not healthy for the public to sustain our country, and may stand the chance of instigating violence. I, therefore, urge them to be charismatic and charge their followers to remain calm.
Again, the supporters and party faithful of the various political parties must also control the utterances they inject into the media, especially radio outlets. The supporters should be proactive in making decisions on topical issues concerning the state.
As the day of elections draws nigh, I urge all patriots of our nation to be task-oriented to ensure that peace, harmony and unity remain strongly within our localities and constituencies. We must always endeavor to make a difference in diverse ways to maintain the peace we are enjoying today. Let us take pride in putting Ghana first.
Deborah Agyei Amponsah,
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