A peace Seminar was organised in the Ga South Municipality to educate the electorates on electoral procedures and peaceful elections.
The event brought together representatives of the political parties contesting in the area, such as the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Progressive People’s Party (PPP) as well as officials of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and National Peace Council (NPC).
In his keynote address, Mr. George Amoh, Director of Programmes of NPC called on Ghanaians, especially political party leaders, to respect state institutions established by the 1992 Constitution.
That, he said, would make the electorates have trust and confidence in these institutions while they play their roles in the management of the nation.
“I find it difficult to understand why some Ghanaians do not give respect to our state institutions and agencies,” he bemoaned.
The NPC, he noted was a state institution established by an Act of Parliament, 2011, (Act 818) with the mandate to facilitate and develop mechanisms for conflict prevention, management, resolution and to build sustainable peace in the country.
Mr. Amoh urged Ghanaians to “come on board to have a peaceful election before, during and after,” saying, “everybody has a role to play to achieve this feat”.
Ghanaians, he said should avoid hate speech and insults, adding that these contributed to the causes of violence in this electioneering season.
Mr. Amoh emphasised that peace was essential to the sustainable development of resources in the country, hence, the need to safeguard against any form of violence.
On his part, Ben Tetteh, Municipal Director of NCCE, reiterated the need for all Ghanaians to play their civic duties of maintaining peace in the country.
According to him, his outfit were still educating constituents on the importance of their contributions to the development of Ghana and appealed to the political party representatives to be good examples of peace to their followers.
“We are doing our best to educate the electorates but you must be agents of peace wherever you find yourself to make the work easier”, he stressed.
Mr. Tetteh advised Ghanaians to report cases of violence or anybody who violated their rights to the appropriate quarters and not to take the law into their own hands, saying, “two wrongs do not make right”.
Participants were also taken through correct procedures in voting in order to avoid spoilt ballots.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah