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General News of Sunday, 9 October 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Allow Godly reasoning, maturity to guide your actions – CIMG to Ghanaians

The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG) has urged Ghanaians to be mindful of their actions in the lead up to the December polls.

National President of CIMG, Kojo Mattah says activities and speeches that are not measured might result in “conflicts, destruction, poverty and death,” consequences he said will not be good for the country.

Speaking at the CIMG’s 27th National Marketing Performance Awards organised at the State Banquet Hall in Accra on Saturday, Mr Mattah says it is possible for Ghanaians to allow good reasoning and maturity to guide their actions during this period of intense political activities.

“We have so much of it [war, conflicts] around us in Africa. We should learn from those experiences and decide on the path that leads to tolerance, peace, progress, etc. in which we can all live and practice our professions,” he said.

Political activities in the country have peaked with 58 days more for Ghanaians to choose their president and parliamentary candidates.

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), All People's Congress (APC) and the Progressive People's Party (PPP) have launched their manifestoes leaving out the likes of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People's Party (CPP) who are yet to launch their document. The NPP will outdoor its 2016 manifesto on Sunday at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).

As the nation inches closer to the polls, some political commentators and politicians have been cited by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) for using foul language on media platforms.

It is August report as part of activities to sanitise the media landscape ahead of the general election, the MFWA found the Deputy General Secretary of NDC, Koku Anyidoho as the number one political party functionary who used bad language on the airwaves. He was found out to have used indecent language on four different incidents.

He was followed by the flagbearer of the Ghana Freedom Party, Akua Donkor, a parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Also a journalist of an Accra-based Montie FM, Salifu Maase popularly called Mugabe and two radio panelists, Alistair Nelson and Ako Gunn were handed four-months each and charged GHC10,000 each for threatening to murder judges of the Supreme Court if their ruling in an electoral roll case that was before them did not favour the Electoral Commission (EC).

President John Mahama reprieved three month out of the four months custodial sentences handed the three men by the court. The President said the men have shown remorse for their mistake.

Not wanting the peace the country is enjoying to be chipped away by any activity, Mr Mattah said political leaders have to chart a "path of nobility, honesty and selflessness that can make our sacrifices over the years beneficial."

The CIMG President used the opportunity to call marketing practitioners in the country to ensure that they "eliminate conflict which retards progress and breeds poverty."