The Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations, Mr. Kenneth Wujangi, has urged youth at the Konkomba Yam Market not to allow politicians to use them as agents of violence during the December 7 polls.
He said elections should not be a vehicle for conflict, but rather a tool to deepen the country’s democratic gains and development, adding that “as citizens, we all have a role to play in achieving that”.
Mr. Wujangi made the appeal at a programme organised by leaders of the Konkomba Yam Market to educate members on the need for peace during the elections.
The event also brought together sub-chiefs of the Mamprusi, Dagombas, Konkombas, and Walas, resident in Accra, other opinion leaders, the Police and religious leaders, who signed a peace accord and pledged their commitment to peace.
The Deputy Chief of Staff urged traders at the market to maintain peace, be law abiding and avoid acts that could lead to political violence, saying there was the need to maintain Ghana’s status as the beacon of peace in Africa.
Noah Kwame Jiparl, Chairman of the Konkomba Yam Market, asked the opinion leaders not to shield people who might foment trouble.
He appealed to the presidential candidates and parliamentary candidates of the 2016 election to call their supporters to order in the wake of provocations.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Aggrey Baforgo of the James Town District Police, reiterated the commitment of the security personnel to carry out their duties professionally to ensure peace law and order.
He said election was a contest of ideas, and asked the electorate to examine the policies and plans of those who seek their vote, without resorting to violence.
ASP Baforgo said the political violence in some African countries should be a lesson for Ghanaians.
By Claude Nyarko Adams