The unguided utterances being made by some politicians on campaign and rally platforms as Ghana’s December 7 general elections draw nearer, Northern Women for Peace has appealed to Naa Dakpema, the chief of Tamale, to remind such politicians that people living with disabilities, the aged, women and children of Northern region are scared of the unknown eventualities before, during and after the December elections. “We are afraid because we will be the most affected should any unfortunate thing happens.”
Northern Women for Peace is a group of women traders in the Northern region who say they are very concerned about the peace of the country as the elections fast approach.
In her speech she delivered at Dakpema’s palace during the second peace march of her group, Sara Ajara Musah, President of Northern Women for Peace said; “We are scared because of the unguided utterances and the body language of some of the politicians being displayed publicly on campaign platforms and behind closed doors.”
Acknowledging that Ghana is a peaceful country, she encouraged Ghanaians to promote and sustain it especially in this crucial elections.
According to her, though the elections are competitive, Northern Region and Ghana must remain peaceful in this elections’ year because in every competition there are rules, so all political actors must play by the rules and the very laws that govern the country. She called on the presidential and parliamentary candidates and their supporters to play by the rules and accept the results as will be announced the Electoral Commission or they should use the appropriate means to seek redress.
Madam Musah reechoed that election to public office is not a do and die affair, nor is it winning power at any cost. “It is not about character assassination or inciting some people against others. It is a contest of ideas and not about using hate speech or indecent language,” she further stated.
While reminding political parties to be careful about the things they say or do as the whole world is watching and looking up to Ghana as a beacon of democracy in Africa, she also entreated the security agencies, Electoral Commission of Ghana, the media and election observers to stick to the tenets of their professions and play their roles effectively to help consolidate the prevailing peace in the country.
She pledged her group’s role in contributing to peaceful elections and said they will continue to do their part by advising their husbands, children and colleagues on daily basis to avoid tendencies that can degenerate into electoral violence.