The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu Gyamfi is entreating political parties to collectively act responsibly to reduce tension in their camps to ensure a peaceful election.
This comes after the signing of a peace pact in regard to the December 7 elections.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and former President John Dramani Mahama signed a peace pact on behalf of their respective political parties to stand for and ensure peace before, during, and after the 2020 general elections.
Speaking at the third high-level meeting of the Presidential Elections Peace Pact 2020 on the theme; ‘Eradicating electoral violence in Ghana’s Democracy; The Role of Political Leadership’, Rev. Adu Gyamfi stated that political parties should speak to their supporters to promote peace during and after the elections.
“In furtherance of Ghana’s peace and serving as witnesses to the signing of another peace pact. The resort to legal processes to address any election-related issues which we witnessed in 2012 was a turning point in our democratic development that must be continued from any point in time when we are satisfied with the outcome of any election results. Resorting to violence is ill-disposed and must be avoided. It is my hope that signing this pact will not be just another public show but that all the parties to this accord will genuinely play their roles in ensuring peace during and after the 2020 general elections.”
“To achieve this, political parties should not create platforms to promote conflict and violence. Again, political parties and their candidates should behave responsibly especially in their utterances in public and in private. Hate speech and other rancorous utterances must be checked and avoided, this will ensure that neither their supporters nor opposers are agitated or motivated in any way to resort to violence,” he added