The Kaneshie-Bubiashie Local Church Council (LCC) of Churches, has organised a prayer session for peaceful elections in the Okaikoi South Constituency, in Accra, on Sunday.
The event was also to educate the people on electoral rules and regulations, to ensure smooth general elections on December 7.
The session, which was held at the St. Joseph Anglican Church in Bubiashie, was attended by the clergy, members of Christian groups and officials of the LCC.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Very Reverend Philip Mintah, the Chairman of the LCC, urged the electorate, especially the youth in the constituency, to desist from any actions that could lead to political violence.
He noted that Ghana was surrounded by countries that had experienced electoral violence “therefore, if war breaks out in this country, it would be difficult for Ghanaians to go to those countries and survive considering the barrier concerning communication and culture”.
Rev Mintah asked Ghanaians not to allow politics to divide them adding that “the divergent views of political parties show how they would manage Ghana, so if you do not like the policies of any party, there are others to choose from instead of engaging in violent acts”.
Concerning the church’s role in advancing democracy, he urged ministers of God to use the pulpit to educate their members on the need to ensure peaceful elections.
“We have to talk intensively with our members, especially parents in our churches, to make sure their children do not get involved in any form of riots and unnecessary wrangling,” Rev. Mintah stressed.
He entreated political leaders and their supporters not to just pay lip-service to commitment to peace, but they should help in promoting it.
By Abigail Annoh