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General News of Monday, 24 October 2016


Avoid election violence - Chief Imam to Muslims

No Muslim youth should engage in election violence or any act that will disrupt peaceful elections as the country heads to the polls, National Chief Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sherabutu has cautioned.

The Islamic scholar, who spoke through an interpreter, indicated that human diversity is meant to “give us the opportunity to acknowledge each other and get to know each other and not because we are supposed to be at the throat of each other”.

He disclosed this at a forum held on Monday, October 24, concerning the 2016 elections held in Accra with other security officials in attendance. He was of the view that “races and tribes have all come from a common origin” hence it would be needless engaging in violence.

He advised Muslim youth to engage in profitable activities that would contribute to the development of society and not otherwise.

On his part, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, has said the Ghana Police Service will control social media during the 2016 elections so that it does not become a tool for destruction.

According to him, the measure will be employed to ensure a peaceful election process.

His comments come after a clear announcement by President John Mahama some few months ago that social media will not be banned during the December 7 elections.

The IGP maintained that the option to “contain” social media will be used when it becomes necessary.

“We are going to put in place some measures to contain social media,” he said.

For him, the duty of the police is to make sure that Ghana emerges out of the elections in “peace and not in pieces”.