3 December 2012

Ghana: Codeo Raises Alarm on Politics of Insult

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has raised alarm at the increase in the personality attacks across the media with less than a week to the general election.

Raising the concerns in last monthly pre-election observation report, CODEO holds the position that the situation where politicians attack their opponents over unsubstantiated allegations in the media, is worrying.

A member of the CODEO advisory board, Sheik Aremeyaw in an interview with Citi News said "every flagbearer has a certain large critical constituency, so that if you attempt to denigrate or insult that particular person, you engender a certain response from those constituencies which then further pollute the environment and create a situation that can lead to conflicts. That is why we should all avoid all behaviour and action that seeks to restrain the other person from the freedom to be able to express his political position."

CODEO is also asking political parties and candidates to caution their members and supporters to refrain from defacing posters of their political opponents and to respect the code of conduct signed by the parties themselves.

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