GHANA: THREE CITIZENS PETITION UN TO ENSURE PEACEFUL DECEMBER ELECTIONS

By: Staff Writer

Three Ghanaian citizens have petitioned the United Nations (UN) over what they say are threats to Ghana’s peace ahead of the December 7th elections.

The three, Elikem Kotoko, Stephen Kwabena Attuh and Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese, submitted their petition to the office of the Resident Coordinator of the UN earlier on Wednesday August 12.

In a well documented petition submitted, they expressed concerns over pockets of violence in the just ended registration exercise by the Electoral Commission of Ghana. They cited the use of military to intimidate residents at border towns and other places across the country including the unfortunate killing of 28 year old Silas Wulochamey at the Banda Constituency of the Bono Region.

The three, cites as worrying, the posture of the president of the Republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo including statements made on public platforms by him to the effect that he had received no reports of intimidations on citizens during the registration exercise thereby passing a clean bill on the tainted exercise that received several criticisms from a cross section of Ghanaians.

The three therefore called on the United Nations to engage political actors to ensure the sustenance of peace before, during and after the December elections. “… we petition your reputable and respected international organization of which Ghana is a member, to use all avenues possible to engage the political actors of the country to ensure a safer environment towards the upcoming elections and to ensure the sustenance of peace before, during and after the elections of December”, they implored the UN.

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