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Politics of Friday, 30 November 2012

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December election not a do or die affair, Adu Asare tells NPP

Member of Parliament for the Adentan Constituency, Kojo Adu-Asare has admonished the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) not to see the December polls as a do and die affair.

He indicated that like any election, the December 7 polls must be seen as a simple contest to win the mandate of Ghanaians to champion their goals and aspirations and not preparation for war.

Kojo Adu-Asare made this appeal on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday.

With seven days to the December election, political parties are vigorously campaigning nationwide to woo prospective voters and to win power.

As part of efforts to ensure a violent free elections, presidential candidate of the eight political parties contesting the polls have signed a pact to eschew violence and crack the whip on its members if they flout to regulations.

The programme which was under the auspices of the he Institute for Democratic and Economic Governance (IDEG) with support from Asantehene has received commendation but some skeptics wonder whether the peace treaty is the panacea for a peaceful election.

On Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Kojo Adu-Asare questioned the NPP presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo’s genuineness to commit to peace before, during and after the December polls.

According to him, Nana Addo’s reference to supposed violent attacks on his party members at Kumasi betrays his promise to control the ‘militants’ in the NPP.

“Nana Addo lost the opportunity to preach peace in Kumasi. He should have raised all his concerns before signing the Kumasi Declaration” he said.

The Adentan MP intimated that the NPP leader’s resolve to “win power at all cost” is more paramount to him than the lives of Ghanaians.

“Nana Addo wants to be president before he dies so even if people will die for him to be president, he does not care” he added.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP reminded the NPP that election is not a do-or-die affair, wherein the alternative to losing should be violence.

He said President John Mahama, unlike Nana Addo is not desperate for power because even if he does not win the election, he will continue to enjoy all the privileges as a former president.

The Adentan MP pledged that there will be no room for violence in the elections because government has put a solid security apparatus in place to forestall and combat any form of violence.

Adu-Asare said achieving free and fair elections is not a preserve of the Electoral Commission (EC) alone, but also for all stakeholders like political parties, the media and security to play their roles for a peaceful election.

He also called on the media to be circumspect in their reportage and ignore sensationalism, uncivil utterances and personality attacks by politicians.

Adu-Asare urged political parties to work tirelessly to achieve results which would be acceptable to the winner and loser alike and unite the people as a nation.