Ghanaians Must Contribute to Peace, Says NCCE Official

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President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana is the candidate of the National Democratic Congress in the 2012 elections.

With few days to go for Ghana's election, the issue of peace has become very topical. Some musicians have released peace songs, some Ghanaians have called on God to intervene, others have organized peace processions.

A few days ago, all the eight presidential candidates signed a peace accord in Kumasi, promising to usher in the December Presidential and Legislative Elections in peace.

The security also gave assurance that, they will be vigilant, impartial, and on top of their brief before, during, and after the elections.

But in spite of all these, for real peace to prevail in the country, a lot will depend on the collective responsibility of every citizen, Mr Augustine Bosrotsi, the Eastern Regional Deputy Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has said.

The NCCE official said this when he took his turn to address audience at a public forum organized for five parliamentary candidates contesting for the Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency parliamentary seat at Akyem Ayirebi.

The parliamentary candidates include Mr. DennisTerchi-Duku of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Mr. Tom Kenneth Budu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Reynolds Amoako of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Mr. David Oppong-Kusi of the New Patriotic Party ( NPP ) and Rev. Jeremy Asiedu-Appiah, an independent candidate.

Mr Bosrotsi appealed to all citizens to play their part well to ensure that, the peace prevailing in the country was not disturbed as the nation gradually move towards the December general election.

Mr. Kofi Annan of the Electoral Commission (E.C), Ofoase District Commander of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ofosu Anim, religious leaders, traditional leaders and supporters of political parties were all present to grace the occasion.

Mr. Bosrotsi took the opportunity to urge all political party activists to impress upon their supporters to conduct themselves well to ensure that nothing is done to create disorder.

The District Director of NCC E, Mr. Daniel Chartey, said the NCCE was among institutions that had played vital roles in terms of public education on elections but expressed worry that, the District Directorate of the Commission was under-resourced especially in terms of transportation and office accommodation to carry out its core mandate.

He however said that, the Commission would not give up on its efforts to educate the public on the need for peace, love, tolerance and unity.

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