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Politics of Thursday, 15 November 2012

Source: GNA

Ghana does not need to shed blood over elections – NCCE Director

The Agona East Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Sam Sekyi has cautioned people who have intentions to cause mayhem during the upcoming elections to change their minds as Ghana does not need any spilling of blood.

“The blood shed by our forefathers in pre-independence era is enough and we need not shed more blood,” the NCCE District Director stressed, and cautioned the political parties against engaging “machomen” to cause mayhem before, during and after the upcoming polls.

Mr Sekyi gave the caution at a debate organised at Agona Nsaba by the NCCE for parliamentary aspirants of the political parties contesting the December 7 elections in the Agona East Constituency, to outline their vision and programmes they had for the area .

Three parliamentary candidates took part in the debate. They were Mr John Agyabeng, the incumbent Member of Parliament and the 2012 candidate for the New Patriotic Party, Miss Esther Aboagye of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) and Mr Bashiru Issah, an independent candidate.

Mr Sekyi appealed to Ghanaians to help make the elections incident-free by observing the rules governing the elections. He also urged the political parties to desist from cheating as that often led to disturbances.

Mr David Aning Addo-Yobo, Headmaster of Agona Nsaba Presbyterian Senior High School, who was the moderator advised Ghanaians to take a lesson from the civil wars in some of the neighbouring countries which occurred because of elections and help to prevent that in Ghana.

Mr Agyabeng appealed to the electorate to vote for NPP to enable it to introduce the free SHS education policy.

Miss Aboagye urged the people to vote for PPP for jobs, saying Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, their presidential candidate was well versed in job creation and could help solve the unemployment problems facing the nation.

Mr Issah said as an independent candidate he did not owe any allegiance to any political party whose members could distract his attention from serving the people.