The Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) held its last phase of the Town Hall Meeting, in Accra on Tuesday, as part of efforts to facilitate interactions among the electorate, political parties and other stakeholders.
The meeting, which was on the theme: “Good governance, key to the development and growth of Ghana”, was preceded by the launch of Graphic Election Website, to inform the general public on the outcomes of the December elections.
It was also aimed at bringing the activities of political parties closer to the electorate and ensure peace and harmony during elections.
The meeting involved the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP).
The party representatives were Mr. David Annan, Mr. Kofi Siaw, Mr. Ametor Quarmyne and Mrs. Peace Aryee of the NPP, NDC, PPP and NDP respectively.
They pledged to educate their supporters to desist from making inflammatory comments meant to incite people to violence.
Mr. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, the General Manager in charge of Newspaper of Graphic Communications Group, said business could not be conducted in an atmosphere of violence hence the holding in the event which was replicated in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region, Koforidua, Eastern Region and Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region.
Mr. Boadu-Ayeboafo urged political parties to abide by their commitment to peace towards the election.
He asked the media, the Electoral Commission and the security agencies to live up to their mandate.
“If you want to change government you must do that through the ballot box and not of the gun”, he said, and noted that Ghana had conducted elections since 1992 without major problems and had become a beacon of hope for African countries.
Miss. Mercy Adjei, a student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, said the Town Hall Meeting was a good initiative by the GCGL, which fostered direct interaction between the electorate, political parties and other stakeholders.
She said it also promoted interaction between the electorate and the stakeholders and contributed towards achieving peaceful elections.
The meeting brought together stakeholders, including the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), some civil society organisations, traditional authorities, people from Muslim communities, academia and fishing communities.
By Benedicta Folley