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General News of Sunday, 16 December 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Keep the peace - Peace Council urges security personnel

The National Peace Council (NPC) has advised security personnel not to do anything that will be misconstrued as intimidation and a violation of people’s human rights.

“We advice the security personnel who have performed admirably so far not to do anything that will be misconstrued as intimidation and a violation of people’s human rights,” it said.

A statement signed by the Chairman of the NPC, the Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante, welcomed assurances by the security forces, the leaders of political parties and other stakeholders that peace would be maintained.

“The NPC respectfully urges all parties concerned to resolve any outstanding disputes relating to election results peacefully through the procedures established by the Constitution and laws of the country and in an atmosphere devoid of recrimination, harassment or intimidation,” it said.

It called on all stakeholders to take all appropriate steps to maintain an environment conducive to the consolidation and stability of the country’s constitutional democracy.

It congratulated the people of Ghana on the peaceful conduct of the recent general election.

According to EC results, President Mahama polled 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.70 per cent of the total valid votes, cast to beat his closest challenger, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who obtained 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74 per cent of the total valid votes cast.

However, the NPP has protested the decision of the EC and said it will go to court on the issue.

Supporters of the party have, for the past two days, gathered at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra to protest against the decision of the EC.

The results declared by the EC put Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) third with 64,362 votes, representing 0.59 per cent, followed by Dr Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) with 38,223 votes, representing 0.35 per cent, and Hassan Ayariga of the People’s National Convention (PNC), who obtained 24,617 votes, representing 0.22 per cent of the total valid votes cast.

Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) obtained 20,323 votes, representing 0.18 per cent, followed by Jacob Osei Yeboah, the independent candidate, with 15,201 votes, representing 0.14 per cent, and Akwasi Addai of the United Front Party (UFP) with 8,877 votes, representing 0.08 per cent of the total valid votes cast.