The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has called on stakeholders, especially political parties to ensure peace before, during and after the upcoming polls to engender national development.
It said elections was part of the Country’s democratic processes and therefore it was the social responsibility of all eligible voters to help choose a leader with the best policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
” Go out and vote peacefully in December to choose your preferred government, for Ghana is for all of us and peace is all we seek,” it admonished.
Speaking on “Peaceful Elections” at a town hall meeting organised by the Justice and Peace Commission at Saltpond, Mrs. Judith Adomako, the Mfantseman NCCE Director who made the call, urged political parties to refrain from politics of insult and unnecessary arguments that could generate into chaos.
The theme of the meeting was “The Roles of Parliament, Local Authorities, and Participatory Governance for Community Development”.
She admonished political parties to avoid sharing luxurious items and monies to the electorates to influence them to vote for them.
This, she indicated, was a bad practice that could deny Ghana the right candidates who could bring the needed development to the electorates and the Ghanaian populace.
Mrs. Adomako advised stakeholders to collaborate with agencies and organizations working towards peaceful elections to promote peace among the electorate and Ghana as a whole.
She encouraged the youth to refrain from involving themselves to be used as vigilante groups to distract and destroy the country’s peace because it would affect their families and loved ones in various societies.
The Mfantseman Director of the NCCE schooled participants on the dos and don’ts during election to avoid rejected ballots.