The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has called on political parties to eschew what it describes as ‘entrenched position’ and accept the results of the pending presidential election on December 7, 2016.
“It is very dangerous for any political party to take an entrenched position going to contest the election,” it said.
Mr. Alhassan Yakubu, Ashanti Regional Director of NCCE, explained that in democracy, after every election the loser should congratulate the winner “but if you take an entrenched position that I am not going to accept the result, then, it will be a recipe for disaster, which will not augur well for our young democracy.”
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day capacity building workshop on communication strategy and strategy plan of the Electoral Commission (EC), for regional and district directors of the NCCE and EC, under the sponsorship of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
It aimed at equipping the participants on how to go to the field to explain election procedures.
According to Mr. Yakubu, “if the loser failed to congratulate the winner, it would send signals to followers that they should not accept the results which would definitely create chaos in the country.”
He pointed out that both the NCCE and EC would do all they could to educate the populace to eschew any act of vandalism and accept the outcome of the pending presidential election as soon as it is declared.
In a presentation, the President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Roland Affail Monney, who was a resource person, urged the participants to encourage networking with other election related stakeholders but not political parties to avoid being tagged.
He asked them to have a structured plan to deal with the media and identify them (media) as a key stakeholder in their endeavours.
“You should be very tolerant with journalists who might push you to the wall for news items and even if you think they have asked useless questions, do not be quick tempered, this is the time for you to be tolerant, because a little show of arrogance will fuel up the situation,” Mr. Monney said.
He indicated that journalists are being asked to move away from the ‘fire service’ or ‘ambulance way’ of doing things by conforming to ethics towards peaceful general elections.
Mr. Serebour Quaicoe, Ashanti Regional Director of EC, assured the electorate of peaceful, fair, transparent and credible elections and was hopeful the results would be acceptable in order to avoid another Presidential Election Petition at the Supreme Court.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi