Election 2016 is another test case for Ghanaians to demonstrate to the rest of the world that Ghana’s democracy is maturing rapidly since the first democratic polls were held in December 1992, Rev. Dr Richard Gadzekpo, the Supervising Elder of the St Mary’s Bishop Brown has said.
According to him, the gains made in this democratic journey had not come in a vacuum, but rather the perseverance of all citizens.
“Just like in past elections, tension may rise in this year’s polls too but it should not appear like it will be the last of such elections where political party actors will want to win at all cost. It is against this background that one is appealing to politicians to be circumspect in their utterances, especially those relating to the Electoral Commission (EC) which is the election management body,” he said at the 36th annual conference of the Accra North District of the AME Zion church in Accra.
He said whatever differences politicians had with the voters register, they needed to engage the EC the more to discuss the issue dispassionately, adding that “it will engender the confidence of Ghanaians in the electoral system. That political parties are key actors in elections does mean they should not bury their sectional interest for the good of the country”.
The credibility of elections depends on a clean voters register, and “all steps must be taken in line with existing laws to ensure that the final register is clean and credible before the general election on November 7”.
“As a religious body and with hope in God, we will continue to pray for divine guidance for all actors in the political process such as the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties and supporters, personnel of the security services and the good people of Ghana to go about their activities leading to the election in a peaceful manner,” Dr Gadzekpo said.
The Pastor in charge of the Aggrey Memorial AME Zion Church at Mamprobi, Rev. Dr Hilliard Dela Dogbe, asked Ghanaians not to take anything for granted in preserving national peace and stability.