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He also called on the EC to ensure that all required logistics are provided for the polls and that such logistics should be securely packed, stored and distributed to the various centers at the right time saying “adequate security should be provided at all times to ensure the safety of the materials”.

Most Rev. Naameh, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Region Election Early Warning and Response Group (REEWARG), said this at a press briefing in Tamale.

He urged international and domestic observers to offer objective and unbiased reports on the proceedings at the voting centers noting that the media is expected to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility and professionalism to ensure peace in the country.

“As we approach voting day, the messages of political party leaders must be civil devoid of intemperate language. Political platforms statements must not incite violence and politicians must caution their followers against such acts”, he said.

Archbishop Naameh called on the general public to reject and frown upon politicians who fan ethnic and religious divisions for political gain explaining that the upcoming elections must be won based on issues and not on ethnic, cultural or religious lines.

He urged political parties to have confidence in state institutions such as the police, the court and the EC to discharge their duties free from any interference and seek redress in those institutions when the need arise.

He said civil society institutions should also play their monitoring and oversight role in ensuring the sanctity of the elections is maintained stressing that traditional rulers, religious leaders and politicians must not unduly interfere in lawful processes.

Archbishop Naameh appealed to Ghanaians not to attempt to prevent or make it impossible for any voter to exercise his or her franchise and that statements urging voters to vote and stay at polling stations was unacceptable and contrary to the law.

He said as the nation inches towards December 7, political activities have become tenser across board since people are uncertain of the outcome of the polls.

Archbishop Naameh appealed to the youth to manage and control their emotions stressing that they should reject all attempts to induce them into violent acts.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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