ONE major evil plaguing the country’s democratic dispensation is violence. While violence may not be a recent phenomenon (it has characterised all our democratic experiments), the recent happenings are worrisome and disturbing.

Indeed, violence has been identified as a cog in the country’s political progress. The happenings at last Tuesday’s Talensi by-election, underscored the widely- held view that the phenomenon appears to becoming synonymous with democracy.

The Times is worried about the impunity with which political actors resort to violence before, during and after elections as a means of securing or retaining political power.

The blatant use of weapons and the attacks on political opponents during elections are condemnable, and it is time the security agencies adopted tough measures to arrest and prosecute those who resort to violence and brutality against others during such times.

It is objectionable and unacceptable that often times, the perpetrators undertake their unwanton acts in the full glare of the security agencies, yet not a single one of them gets arrested.

This is in spite of the fact that the victims either die or are maimed, with lots of property being destroyed in the process. Such nefarious practices are detrimental to democracy and good governance, in 21st century Ghana!

We need to be more resolute in our collective efforts to stamp out violence, destruction, barbarity and loss of human lives and property from our body politics.

Ghana is the only country bequeathed to us by our forefathers. It is therefore, our collective duty to preserve, safeguard and keep it intact.

The violence associated with the Talensi by-election was simply shameful, uncalled for and must be condemned by all peace loving Ghanaians.

Political violence that had occurred in many countries across the world and its dire consequencies on the peoples, should serve as guiding principles for our dear nation, Ghana.

It is unfortunate that our security agencies seemed to have turned a blind eye to these atrocities being perpetrated by the political activists.

This country has come of age in the political dispensation and it must not continue to tolerate or accept acts of violence in whatever form.

It is important for our political actors to learn lessons from the advanced democracies who continue to hold their elections in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, devoid of violence.

The Times will like to see future elections free of violence, so that in the end we can congratulate ourselves as being victorious.

This is our humble, plea!

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