The Inter–Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) at Mpohor in the Western Region has appealed to leaders of political parties to show exemplary conduct, by engaging in clean campaigns, devoid of insults, character assassination and divisive tendencies.
This, according to the group was required to maintain the relative peace in the country before, during and after the December polls.
The group made the call at the inaugural meeting of the IPDC, organised by the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE).
The meeting formed part of initiatives by the NCCE and the District Police Command to ensure violent-free campaigns and elections at Mpohor.
The group commended the District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kumpe Dieku Gbele, for taking the initiative to collaborate with political parties in the maintenance of law and order.
“We have taken note of the steps taken by the Mpohor Police Command and we will like to laud them for the activities to ensure a violent-free election. We have taken a cue from that. We pledge a clean and peaceful campaign and election in Mpohor,” the group declared.
The IPDC suggested that activities of illegal miners, popularly known as ‘galamseyers; in the area be monitored due to growing fears they would likely be agents of violence.
Adelaide Narkie Adettie, District Director, NCCE, said the commission was determined to work with stakeholders to ensure peaceful and credible elections.
She noted that although election was a key indicator of democracy and good governance, it had rather led to destruction of lives and property on the African continent, and urged participants to help protect and consolidate the peace and unity in the country.
Madam Adette said the committee would monitor breaches of rules and regulations on elections, investigate abuses and seek to resolve petty conflicts and misunderstanding among political parties.
The Abusuapanyin of Mpohor, Nana Kwaku Amoako, asked the NCCE to intensify its educational programmes to sensitise the electorate on the need for peaceful elections.
He also asked the government to adequately resource the NCCE to be able to perform its mandate in accordance with the 1992 Constitution.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Mpohor