Have confidence in police-DCOP Duku

Mr. John Kudalor

Mr. John Kudalor

The Upper West Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwasi Mensah Duku has urged Ghanaians to trust the service to secure the peace of the country as they go to the polls in December.

He said the peace and security of the country was paramount and would therefore not be sacrificed on the alter of any political party or grouping just for electoral convenience.

“The police has over the years created the enabling environment for people to vote without fear of intimidation and is still determined to maintain that culture of peace and security among the electorates,” he emphasized.

DCOP Duku gave the assurance at the launch of the “Agents of Peace” Campaign by the Wa Area Church of Pentecost here on Sunday.

The campaign is an initiative of the Church of Pentecost designed to educate and challenge Ghanaians nationwide, especially, Christians to become agents of peace during this year’s election.

In attendance were representatives of the political parties,security agencies, other religious bodies including members of the various Islamic sects and members of the public.

Mr. Duku said there was the need for people to preach peace if they were to take a cue from what happened in other African countries in relation to electoral violence.

He said it must be drum home to all Ghanaians and the followers  of the political parties to accept that the process of electing people to lead us was not “a do or die” affair but only a decision making process which must not lead to violence.

“politics is like a game where only one group can emerge a winner hence people should  abandon that notion of us and them and work towards supporting any party that wins in an election,” he advised.

On his part, the area head of the church of pentecost, Reverend Robert Andoh explained that campaign formed part of series of activities being undertaken by the church to ensure peace prevailed before, during and after the elections.

He said it was important for all to come to terms with the fact that maintaining peace among the citizenry required a concerted effort of all stakeholders and once everyone played his role well peace would be attained.

Rev. Andoh stressed that one’s political opponents should not be seen as an enemy since all of them seek the welfare of the country and  the only difference is that they represent different political parties.

He advised pastors across the country to desist from taking political stands and act as neutral arbiters who would be called upon in times of dispute, adding that “pastors should themselves act as agent of peace.”

The Wa Municipal officer of the Electoral Commission, Mr. Jackson Annor on his part took participants through the various steps of the  election process and assured that the EC was committed to a free, fair and transparent elections.

In a related development, the Legends Club of Wa made up of retirees in the Upper West Region have embarked on a walk to drum home the need for residents to embrace peace during the December polls.

The walk started from the forecourt of the Regional administration, through the Rawlings High Street and ended at the forecourt where various speakers took turn to address the participants.

Chairman of the club who is also a retired broadcaster, Mr. Christopher Alabillah explained that the group was made up of persons who worked in various fields and have come on retirement.

He explained that they decided to embark or the walk because in the event that something went untoward, those who would suffer most were the aged, children and women.

Mr. Alabillah therefore appealed to the public to embrace peace and ensure that this year’s elections reaffirm the country’s position as a democratic society.


From: Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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