IT is not the first time and it may not be the last time that, the President, John Mahama, has assured that Ghana’s impending December 7 general elections would be peaceful, free and fair.
Infact, the President spoke the mind of the majority of Ghanaians when he reiterated what many of them have been wishing for the country.
In far away New York, in the United States of America, President Mahama, who was addressing the United Nations General Assembly, reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to consolidate its democratic leadership status in Africa.
“Ghana is a leading democracy in Africa, and I stand before the world today to declare that, just as we have done in the past, the processes before, during and after the election will mark a further consolidation of Ghana’s credentials as a leading world democracy,” he said.
The assurance given by President Mahama, is indeed, not the first, as he has done so on countless occasions since he began his campaign for re-election as president of the country.
Fortunately, his political opponents, especially, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has also been preaching peace, and so has other political leaders.
The National Peace Council, civil society groups, security agencies and other stakeholders have also been advocating peaceful elections.
However, it is one thing wishing for a peaceful election and another working towards it. Unfortunately, we appear to be gradually working against the peace goal.
The Times has been concerned about recent inflammatory comments by leading members of some political parties and their agents on the campaign trails.
In fact despite the assurance by the political party leaders, some elements within the parties continue to inflame passion, and in some instances supporters of opposing parties have fought and inflicted wounds on each other.
This is very worrying in view of the fact that more than 5,000 election flashpoints have been identified across the country.
The President’s advocacy for peaceful elections and his opponents appeal to their supporters to avoid electoral violence, appears not to be going down to the supporters.
The few clashes that have been recorded between the supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress and the opposition NPP, is not a pleasant picture of a country that is resolved to run a peaceful election.
We once again appeal to all political parties and other stakeholders to reign in their supporters to desist from violent activities that can negatively affect the smooth conduct of the elections.
We dare say that, Ghana is the only country that we have, and general elections should not plunge it into anarchy and confusion.
That is why we must all work towards a peaceful free and fair elections.