Miss Gladys M. Osman, a Deputy Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has cautioned politicians to be careful about their utterances as this could mar the positive political achievements the country has achieved.
“Our call is for actors in our political arena to exhibit a high level of tolerance and engage in consultations and dialogues to address divergent views,” he said.
Miss Osman made the remarks at a seminar organised by Practicum Group Three Sandwich Guidance and Counseling Students of University of Education, Winneba, at the central campus of the university in Winneba.
The seminar was on the theme: “Political intolerance and its consequences on the society”.
The effect of political intolerance on the society are numerous, devastating and can be looked at in many ways- politically, economically, socially and religiously, she said.
She said the country after her numerous political upheavals and instability since independence, has gone through five successive free and fair elections.
“The stability chalked can be attributed to political maturity and tolerance on the part of the citizens including all political actors”, she said.
“In an election year, you are likely to hear very harsh words from people you respect, but it is important for us to stay calm, remain level-headed and try as much as possible to stay out of trouble,” she said.
The Deputy Director said the NCCE recognises students as strategic in this year’s electoral process because they would be participating in various ways and could contribute positively to ensure a successful election. -GNA