The Presbyterian Church of Ghana in collaboration with the Akrofi– Christaller institute of Theology, Mission and culture, center for Inter- faith studies and Engagement in Africa ( CISEA) has presented Inter-faith Peace sysmposium on the theme “Sustaining Peace in Ghana, before, during and after election 2020.
The Asante Regional Chairperson of Presbyterian Church Ghana, Rev Benson Osafo Kantanka at said it is the responsibility of political parties and Ghanaians to avoid election voilence.
He lamented that, Election is not about violence rather election is about the means of exercising your franchise. “We vote to select competent and incorruptible leaders to rule the nation”.
“Ghanaian must avoid using abusive and allude words against any political party. Peace is a great commission Jesus Christ left behind and we need to sustain that forever and ever”.
He further stated their collective responsibility to advise the youth not to involve themselves in political parties and they shouldn’t influence the political opponents to use them for campaign that will cause harm to their lives.
Rev Benson reteraite that, peace come with development, employment in the country and if violence occur in the state, children and vulnerable ones would precisely suffer, because they are not strong enough to run. Therefore, pastors must be cautious and teach the church members when to talk and when to keep mute during, before and after elections.
Addressing the events, The chief of Nyinihini, Nana Ampemhene Boateng Twum II who represented Asantehene also added that on the day of election, we should go out and cast our ballot and immediately leave the center to avoid creating chaos.
“This election is not Ghana’s first time, the country have held several successful elections so we should make 2020 election even more successful than the previous ones” He proposed.
However, the time has come for us to be united and champion sustainable peace agenda so the youth who are the back bone of the country music refrain from being used by politicians to cause trouble at polling stations accros the country.
Nana Ampemhene Boateng Twum II commended the Electoral Commission for their hardworking efforts in making sure that the election is peaceful but was quick to add that the EC should not take sides. “The EC should stand in the middle and adjudged the outcome of the results”.
Director of ecumenical and social relation of Presbyterian Church of Ghana. Rev Nii Ebenezer Armah Ashittey, Explained the purpose of the walk to the media that the Peace walk is one of the activities the Presbyterian church create awareness on the need of peaceful and transparent election 2020.
“Generally when a group go on a peace walk you call the attention of the people whose area you walk by about a cause you believe it”.
Going forward Rev. Nii Armah Ashittey called on political parties to think about Women and Children since children are the future of the country.