Assembly members urged to promote violence-free elections

Mr. Emmanuel A.O. Lartey

Mr. Emmanuel A.O. Lartey

The Shai Osudoku District Chief Executive, Mr. Emmanuel A.O. Lartey, has urged assembly members to educate the people on the need for violence-free polls on December 7.

He warned that the police would deal decisively with anyone caught fomenting trouble during the elections.

Mr. Lartey said these at the third ordinary meeting of the assembly on Tuesday at Dodowa, in the Greater Accra Region.

He noted that “Elections are about policies and programmes and not threat of violence or war, therefore, the security agencies would not condone any act that would derail the peace the people have enjoyed over the years”.

Mr. Lartey said the District Security Council (DISEC) and the District Election Taskforce had met with the Electoral Commission and the political parties to ensure successful polls.

He tasked the political parties to psyche their members to accept the outcome of the elections and assured that every effort would be made to support the security agencies to maintain law and order during the period.

Mr. Lartey urged civil society organisations to support state institutions mandated to organise elections to ensure that the process was free and fair.

“You need to guard against violent behaviour and always counter violence with humility and forgiveness so as to adopt positive attitude for the good of the country”, he said.

Mr. Lartey said the assembly had collected GH¢689,478.20 revenue for the third quarter as against GH¢559,724.00 for the same period last year, representing an increase of 23.18 per cent.

The improvement, he explained followed new control measures at the various check points as well as improved logistics to the revenue collectors especially at the quarry sites.

Mr. Lartey said that re-construction works on the Dodowa-Afienya road, the Osuwem-Agarter Tsopoli road and the Ayikuma to Doryumu roads were on-going and urged the contractors to complete the work on schedule.

He indicated that the asphalting of the Dodowa Township and the Michel Camp-Afienya-Doryumu roads had begun while reshaping of the Shai area and the Osudoku roads were progressing steadily.

Mr. Lartey said funds had been advanced to contractors to complete two separate classroom blocks at Osuwem, while Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) compounds were being constructed at Dormelian, Sota, Ayikuma and Tokpo.

He assured that every effort would be made to liaise with Apex Bank to recover the GH¢52,000.00 owed the assembly by the Shai Rural Bank.

Mr. Lartey said the assembly would set up a committee to strategise how to develop tourist sites to generate revenue.

 

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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