The paramount chief of Ziavi Traditional Area in the Volta Region, has decreed that any individual caught engaging in any form of violence to mar the December polls in his area would be severely dealt with.
According to Togbe Kwaku Ayim IV, the Ziavi Traditional Council had come to a consensus that anybody identified perpetrating election violence should be summoned and fined.
That, he said, would deter residents from engaging in violence during the elections.
Togbe Ayim said this at the climax of this year’s annual ‘Dututudo’ festival at Ziavi, in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region.
“I would like to remind all Ziavi citizens that anyone whose behaviour before, during and after the elections shows a sign of disturbance of peace in Ziavi would be arrested and fined.
“Anybody caught perpetrating violence is liable to pay the following; two rams, two kegs of palm wine, two cartons of beer and two bottles of Gordon’s Dry Gin, before being handed over to the police,” he added.
Togbe Ayim implored political parties to advise their communicators to avoid using vulgar language against their opponents and “endeavour to show respect to veteran politicians and educated elites in the country”.
He also pleaded with stakeholders in the elections to put expertise they have acquired during the previous elections to bare to ensure a free, fair and transparent elections.
Nevertheless, Togbe Ayim was grateful to government for approving an 18-classroom block for the Ziavi Community Senior High Technical School (ZISTECH) and appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to fast track the process of absorbing the school into the public system.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Francis Ganyaglo, said “government has awarded the Ziavi-Anfoeta road on contract and the contractor would soon start rigorous work on the project.”