Rev. Nelson Ekor

Reverend Nelson Ekor, Resident pastor of the Global Evangelical Church, Kwashiman branch in Accra, has called on politicians and Ghanaians to adopt measures that would lead to peaceful polls in December.

Ghanaians, he said, must remain united before, during and after the polls.

Rev. Ekor, who previously launched a campaign against the popular dance-Azonto in churches insisting the popular dance was sexually suggestive, told DAILY GUIDE in an interview that peace cannot be sustained or achieved when politicians incite their followers to commit acts of violence.

The clergyman said God always speaks through his creations and the voice of the people is the voice of God, explaining that if politicians would listen to the numerous calls for peace by many peace ambassadors across the country, the country would have the desired congenial atmosphere for peace to thrive.

He particularly commended little peace ambassador, Angela Mensah for her efforts during the campaign, adding that the little girl?s appeals for peaceful co-existence was compelling enough for politicians to do the right thing.

The onus, he said, therefore lies on politicians to engage their followers in discussions on the need to be politically tolerant.

Rev. Ekor observed that anything short of this could incur the wrath of God and politicians would bear the brunt.

?Stop the hate speeches and show your followers how to love their opponents. This is the only way one could be tolerant of persons one may even consider as nuisance,? he appealed.

Further, he lauded the efforts of the Peace Council, Council of Eminent Persons and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) for their commitment towards the maintenance of peace in the country.

He observed that the IEA debates have indeed added some spice and humour and sparked some interesting debates.

He asked political parties not to unduly interfere in the day-to-day running of security agencies.

Rev. Ekor appealed to the Electoral Commission (EC) to create a level playing field for all political parties.

He said the media, which he considers a powerful tool, could largely improve or mar the elections.

He therefore called on the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to encourage journalists, especially social commentators to be circumspect in their reportage and comments.

Finally he said the battle is not for the swift or mighty but the Lords, adding that God already knows who would emerge winner of the 2012 polls.

 BY Rocklyn Antonio

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