Politics of Monday, 9 July 2012
The leadership and supporters of four political parties in the Ashanti Region at the weekend joined the security services in a peace march in Kumasi to signal their readiness to work together to make the December general polls smooth and violent-free.
The parties are the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), People’s National Convention (PNC) and the United Front Party (UFP).
The well-patronized march started from the Regional Police Headquarters and ended at the Heroes Park where the people were addressed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Augustine Gyening, the Ashanti Regional Commander.
He spoke about the need for political tolerance and said it was important for all to accept to live in peace and harmony regardless of differences in opinion.
He said political activists should be mindful of their pronouncements and refrain from acts that could trigger security challenges.
DCOP Gyening reaffirmed that the police would remain politically neutral and would maintain high standards of professionalism in the performance of their duties.
Mr. Fredrick Fredua Antoh, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP appealed to his colleague politicians to engage in healthy political discourse devoid of insults, innuendoes and vilification of their opponents.
He urged them to play by the rules of decency and integrity, as they seek to win the mandate of the people to govern.
His NDC counterpart, Mr. Yaw Owusu Obimpeh, said the parties should unite in their efforts to protect the peace, security and cohesion of the nation and called for adherence to the political parties’ code of conduct to help prevent needless tension.**