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The Reverend Joseph Osabutey, Minister in charge of the Bethel Methodist Church, Nungua, appealed to churches to promote peaceful election through constant engagement with politicians who are members of their churches.

vote“The church is a reputable institution and has high influence on many and it can be used as a tool to promote peace,” Rev Osabutey told the Ghana News Agency on the; “Role of the Church towards a Peaceful General Election”.

He advised the electorates as well as politicians to adhere to electoral rules and play the electoral game in the general interest of the nation.

Rev. Osabutey said to ensure peace the church and the media had to work hand in hand to create awareness adding; “we have a role to play before, during and after to ensure that the elections are conducted in a peaceful, transparent, free and fair manner for acceptable results”.

Rev. Robert Samuel Aggrey, the Head Pastor of the Foursquare Gospel Church International, urged religious leaders not to use the pulpit to preach for or against any political party or presidential candidate.

He said Christians must consider the elections as a civic responsibility and a call to duty and “we must all participate in electoral activities and preach the message of peace and unity”.

Mr Moses Ansong, the Presiding Elder of the Church of Pentecost, Shalom Assembly, Winneba, appealed to Christians to refrain from partisan politics.

He said Christ came for peace and salvation and thus Christians must depict similar attitudes and not to allow partisan politics to segregate the nation; “we should bear in mind that we are one in Christ.”

“Yes each individual and politician have the right to free expression but Ghanaians must begin to abhore politics of insults….we need to voice our views and messages in an objective and respectful manner,” he said.

Rev. Christopher Felix Tenkorang of the Victory Centre Assemblies of God Church, urged religious leaders to educate their members on the electoral rules while praying and interceding on the country for a peaceful election.

Prophet Constance Osika, the Founder of Wonder Chapel International, Dome-Parakuo, said tolerance of divergent views was a key ingredient to maintaining the peace being enjoyed by the country.

Rev. Eugene Anim in charge of the Family Life Assemblies of God Church, advised churches to liaise with the National Commission for Civic Education and the Electoral Commission to organise seminars for their congregation on the dos and don’ts of the election.

He called on Ghanaians to receive the results in good faith and remain agents of peace and unity.

“Even though Ghana had remained an oasis of peace in a relatively troubled sub-region, that accolade could only be maintained if Ghanaians make positive overtures to sustain and improve the status quo,” he said.

Source: GNA

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