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Since peace, tolerance, unity and tranquility are prerequisites to nation building, the acting President of the Assin Atendensu Traditional Area in the Central Region, Nana Oseadeayo Kwantwi Barima, has urged Ghanaians to be mindful of their utterances.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, Nana observed that post-election violence posed a threat to the continent of Africa, and, therefore, pleaded with Ghanaians to take a cue from what is happening in other African countries.
‘No Ghanaian is willing to be a refugee. We don’t have any other country apart from Ghana, and this is why we must make it a topmost priority to protect and maintain the peace we have today,” he stressed.
Nana advised that it was high time the Ghanaian electorate took bold decisions to cast their votes based on issues and policies that would affect their lives.
This, he argued, would send strong signals to politicians to do the right things when voted into power.
He bemoaned the situation whereby some voters sell their birth rights to politicians by taking money from them (politicians) in exchange for their votes.
He again appealed to the leadership of all the political parties to preach good messages to their follows any time they mount their political platforms, so that their supporters would see their counterparts from the other side as competitors, and not enemies.
Nana Kwantwi finally appealed to the Electoral Commission to be vigilant and conduct its duties without fear or favour, so that it could conduct free, fair and credible elections.
The eyes of the world have now been set on Ghana, as the country prepares to go to the polls on December 7 to elect a President and 270 parliamentarians.
Since 1992, when Ghanaians opted for multi-party democracy, Ghana has conducted six successful and peaceful elections that have brought four presidents into office.
This enviable track record is what has made the country a beacon of democracy in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.