Dodowa, April 19, GNA -The National Peace Council (NPC) has dialogued with representatives of the various political parties at Dodowa on how to ensure peace, before, during and after the December Polls.
The dialogue aimed at offering a common platform for all stakeholders to reflect on the Biometric Registration Exercise, particularly, and the December Elections in general.
The Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the NPC, said while there was a general understanding that elections alone did not make a democracy, there was also the recognition that multiparty elections were a necessary pillar in every democratic development process.
He said every individual or institution, therefore, had the responsibility of ensuring and contributing to the peace of the nation, a condition for the sustenance of multi-party democracy in the country.
“For the NPC, peace building practice is enhanced by regular reflection and learning that should relate to the impact of what we do in a campaign season- positively or negatively what we do or not do in a campaign season has its own spiral consequences”.
The Most Rev. Asante, who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church-Ghana, said it was for all Ghanaians to further interrogate the impact of the consequences of their actions/ inactions, or commissions/omissions on the national development processes.
He noted that the crafting of political manifestoes indicated the willingness on the parties’ leadership to rule over a united country and to the articulated programmes in manifestoes in a peaceful national environment.
The Most Rev. Asante indicated that no development objective was attainable in a conflict situation and conflict was never synonymous with elections in any part of the world.
“The NPC believes, and strongly too, that political parties have a duty to utilize the campaign period to market their political goods in the form of realistic manifestoes to the people whose mandate they seek”.
He said the presentation of political options to the people must not degenerate into invectives that have the potential to give way to lawlessness, criminality, social destabilization, destruction and consequently violence.

GNA

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