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General News of Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Avoid political violence - Julius Debrah warns NDC members

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The Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah, has cautioned supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to refrain from engaging in any form of violence ahead of the December 7 elections.

For him, elections do not call for citizens to be at each other’s throats, but the consequences of such violent behaviour will not develop the country in anyway.

“We want people to vote for us but we are also encouraging our supporters to desist from activities that could lead to troubles because we believe that in this day and age, we should move forward a bit from the fighting, machoism and things like that,” he said.

Mr Debrah, who was addressing the clergy in Accra on Wednesday November 23, charged members of the NDC to rather uphold the peace that the country is currently enjoying.

Several reports of clashes have been reported ahead of the elections, with members of both the NDC and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) engaging in a scuffle at the Nima residence of the flag bearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The US, UK, and the European Union (EU) condemned the violent act.

Skirmishes were also reported at Asokore in the Eastern Region where many individuals got injured with cars and other properties being vandalised as members of two parties, who were on separate health walks simultaneously, attacked one another.

Without any reference to the latest clashes, Mr Debrah added that the party is “encouraging our supporters to know that elections are not about fighting” but how citizens express their views on how the country should be developed.

For him, all political organisations are “aiming at the same things” but with different approaches of achieving that purpose for the good of their nations.

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