Politicians in the country have been tasked to ensure that the conduct of the December polls are done in a free and fair manner, in order to safe guard the peace the country has enjoyed over the years, since peace will not come in a vacuum.
Mrs. Joyce Aquaye, Vice President of the Christian Women Empowerment Foundation International made this call over the week end, when the foundation held a prayer for peace in Accra.
She reiterated the fact that the peace of the country cannot not be taken for granted, noting that other countries had descended into the horrors of electoral violence because they took their peace for granted.
She added that women and children are the ones who mostly suffer when things go wrong during an election.
The New Patriotic Party candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Agyarko, who was invited to the meeting, together with other representatives of the various political parties, reiterated the need for all to eschew violence before, during and after the December elections.
He added that peace is not the absence of war, but the delivery of justice. According to him, peace will only prevail if justice exists for all, without exceptions.
He, however, called on the Electoral Commission, the police and other security services to act professionally during the elections to bring about the much talked about peace.
The National Democratic Congress representative, Daniel Tenge, encouraged the youth to especially eschew violence, as political parties will come and go. For him, anyone who preaches peace must be ready to walk the talk. "If you say peace, do peace, "he noted.
The Secretary of the Foundation, Susan Abrokwa also reiterated the fact that peace will not come in a vacuum and thus urged all to work towards a successful and event-free election.
The participants of the event prayed for God's mercies and peace before during and after the elections.