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General News of Saturday, 8 October 2016

Source: graphic.com

Strive for peace in this year’s elections - Ashigbey

The Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, has called on Ghanaians to push for peace during this year’s general election.

According to him, Ghana had got close to the brink of war on a number of occasions as a result of electoral disagreements but had pulled through by divine intervention.

He observed that electoral disputes were mostly the cause of civil strifes in Africa and entreated Ghanaians to be tolerant of one another’s views, especially in this electioneering period.

“The fact that somebody does not belong to your political party doesn’t mean he is your enemy. It is the good of Ghana we all want. We don’t need to spill blood because of elections.

“It is said that peace is not the absence of war but a period of living in agreement among a people, which is also a requirement for development,” he stated.

Obiba Foundation

Mr Ashigbey was speaking during a courtesy call on him by members of the Obiba Foundation, organisers of the Ghana + Peace campaign.

The foundation has the calabash as its symbol.

Its aims include the promotion of peaceful elections. It is, therefore, engaging with chiefs, the clergy, opinion leaders, institutions and the public across the country in that direction.

The foundation visited the GCGL to seek the company’s support and the endorsement of its managing director, who autographed the foundation’s symbol as his commitment to peace before, during and after the December elections.

The MD called on civil society institutions to be independent and play their duties responsibly to ensure that the results of this year’s elections reflected the voice of the people, which is the will of God.

He also asked the media to guard against sensationalism and the use of foul language in their reportage.

Social media

Mr Ashigbey expressed concern over the manner in which social media were used to perpetuate falsehood and insults on political opponents and called on the police to employ tools that could help track the deviants and bring them to justice.

He urged the public to use social media to promote cohesion and development and asked people to always cross-check information with the GCGL for accurate versions.

The Deputy Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Kingsley K. Inkoom, said the company stood for peace and that was why it was using all its brands to promote peace in this year’s elections.

The Director of Obiba Foundation, Mr David Wincott, said the GCGL was credible and it was for that reason that his organisation had to reach out to the company to seek its support to promote peace in the elections.

“In times like this, peace is not a commodity but a personality. If we give peace attention, it will stay. However, if we don’t, it will go away,” he stressed.