The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive , Captain Anthony Cudjoe (Rtd),at the weekend underscored the need for all political parties to tolerate each other’s views to promote peace and unity before, during and after the December polls.

He said Ghanaians must not do anything that would derail the peace the country is enjoying.

Captain Cudjoe who was speaking at the inauguration of the Metropolitan Inter-party Dialogue (IPAC) called on the political parties to respect the provisions in the political parties’ code of conduct to ensure free, fair and transparent polls.

A nine-member executive was elected to steer the affairs of the committee for the next four years, comprising Mr Godfred Nyanney, Chairperson, Mr William Akyeampong, First Vice Chairperson and Alhaji Abubakar Sani, Second Vice Chairperson.

Others were Mrs Irene Sherifatu Ackon, Secretary, Arthur-Mensah, Assistant Secretary, Frederick Afful, Organise, Anthony Owu, Assistant Organiser, Mrs Edna Adoko, Financial Secretary and Ms Mary Donkor, Treasurer.

The committee was charged to promote political, economic, social progress and stability, tolerance and resolution of conflicts in the General Election.

Captain Cudjoe charged all well-meaning Ghanaians to defend the Constitution at all times adding: “We are one nation, one people with one common destiny and must therefore ensure peace, safety and security of Ghana.”

The Metropolitan Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Alphonsus Arthur, condemned the political parties for the use of intemperate language, insults, incitements and irresponsible political conduct that had the tendency of erupting into electoral violence.

“ The freedom guaranteed by the Constitution does not mean we should attack verbally and physically our perceived political enemies, “ he cautioned.

Mr Arthur noted that, the objective of the political parties’ code of conduct is to ensure that the l parties and candidates for the December 7 polls observe all rules and regulations relating to the conduct of the exercise.

Therefore the formation of the Metro IPAC is to create a platform for fruitful deliberation of issues towards the promotion of smooth execution of electioneering, he stressed.

The NCCE Director implored media practitioners to be guided by the Ghana Journalist Association’s code of ethics in ensuring fairness, objectivity and balanced reportage of the elections.

“You should not allow yourselves to be swayed and induced to compromise your integrity and credibility; therefore remain impartial and neutral in the discharge of your work in ensuring peace and unity in the country,” he said. GNA

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