Christian Council cautions electoral officers to ensure fairness

Rev.Dr.Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong,General Secretary of Christian CouncilReverend Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), has urged electoral officers to ensure fairness in the electoral process.

He said under the current Constitutional Instrument (CI) governing the general election, officers who would be engaged to swear an oath and might face a fine or imprisonment should they flout any of the rules of their engagement.

Dr. Opuni-Frimpong made the statement when he addressed representatives and leaders of various church groups in Koforidua recently.

He said unlike the previous elections where people took their duties for granted, this time such omissions could attract fines or a jail term.

The forum had the theme, “Church’s political role in nation building”.

The programme was a Nationwide Christian Public Education Campaign being organised by the CCG in collaboration with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The CCG has embarked on a nationwide Christian education campaign in all its 31-member church denominations to educate their members on the need to be neutral and ensure that their participation in the elections would be peaceful and according to the tenets of the Christian faith.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong said the role of electoral officers was imperative in ensuring peace, before, during and after the elections.

He said findings of a research conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs indicated that the stakes were high for all the parties, especially the opposition New Patriotic Party and the ruling National Democratic Congress.



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