The Krontihene of New Juaben traditional area, Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng has advised the presidential and parliamentary candidates in this year’s elections to be guarded by election violence in neighbouring countries and accept the outcome of the elections.
He admonished political party supporters to let peace prevail should any of their candidates lose the elections in the December polls.
According to Baffour Tutu Boateng, it will not serve any useful purpose for the country’s democratic growth and development if they should resort to violence as an alternative because the election results did not go in favour of a particular candidate.
Speaking at the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed at Koforidua Zongo, Baffour Boateng said the consequences of not accepting election results will bring about society insecurity, economic and political instability, political polarisation and a traumatised society.
He indicated that “free, fair and transparent elections and acceptance of results are the foundation of democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights”.
Quoting portions of Article 1 of the 1992 constitution to emphasise an assertion, Baffour Boateng pointed out that there was the need for proactive and accountable role of religious and faith-based-groups in the country to ensure that the constitutional provisions are adhered to by the stakeholders.
The Krontihene urged all religious and faith-based organisations to sustain the momentum to continue to eliminate election-related violence to help create conducive environment for the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections in the December 7 polls.
Baffour Boateng suggested a massive security sector reforms to protect the electoral process and ensure peace before, during and after this year’s elections and future elections.
The traditional ruler urged security agencies not to allow themselves to be manipulated by politicians and focus only on protection of regimes instead of protecting ordinary citizens.
Baffour Boateng appealed to all Muslim youths in the country not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause violence before, during and after the December 7 general election.
“Muslim youths should be seen to be ready to reject any political party leadership who will use money to influence them to cause mayhem in the run-up to the December polls,” he said.
From Samuel Opare Lartey, New Zongo, Koforidua