The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, says that the aim of her team is to ensure stability in the run-up to the 2020 General Election.
“We know that, when we head to the polls on December 7, this year is a critical year. What we are saying and doing will have a positive or negative impact on the country. Therefore, we have decided that our activities and words should have a lasting and positive effect on our beloved country,’ she said.
At the start of the Agent of the Peace movement by the Church in Accra, the president of the EC addressed the leadership and representatives of the Church of Pentecost (CoP).
The Agent of the Peace movement is a CoP program to teach and challenge Christians, as the country braces for the 2020 referendum, to be agents of peace.
It is about the theme, “Try and find reconciliation” (Psalm 34:14).
Mrs. Mensa said she had presented herself to be an agent of peace in Ghana and the rest of the world and assured of credible, transparent, and peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections.
She said the decision was in line with a covenant she made with God several years ago to avail herself to serve Him with her time, treasure, and talent.
Mrs. Mensa noted that, as part of its efforts to create confidence, confidence, and dignity in the democratic processes, the Commission had introduced initiatives like ‘Let People Know’ to provide a forum for the EC to communicate with people directly through its media partners.
Indeed, we provided people with bi-weekly updates on registration statistics per district and area during the just ended Voter Registration Exercise, including information such as age, gender, “she added, saying other tactics were being explored to drum home the need for peace before, during and after the polls.”
The President of the EC said that every person, particularly young people, owed a duty to their country of birth to dedicate themselves to becoming agents of peace, and charged media practitioners to remain the gatekeepers of democracy and instruments of truth in the country.
You must be decorous with your interactions as the key to knowledge and must not use your platform to confuse people or fuel discord and misunderstanding. It needs you to be instruments and agents of peace, as channels of intelligence.
The president of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, said that the country had seen seven successful general elections and several by-elections and that it was important for stakeholders to take measures to preserve stability.
He said that over the years, God had been merciful to Ghana, which had won the nation enviable accolades.
“We are sure that the Lord can give peace to the country as we head into the 2020 elections, but it will only happen if we all strive to protect it,” he said.
We are enjoined as Christians to be peacemakers. Political power was viewed by the church as an integral aspect of human existence. Rightly dealt with, politics will play a constructive role in the intent of God.
Political party members, especially young people, were urged by Apostle Nyamekye to abandon the use of offensive and insulting language and prevent excessive debates.
The President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, led a prayer session for the EC leadership.
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, National President of the National Democratic Congress, Mr. Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, were among the dignitaries present at the launch.