The Dumasua Branch of the Local Christian Council of Ghana in the Sunyani West District of the Brong-Ahafo Region has over the weekend organized an intercessory prayer for Ghana ahead of the November 7 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
The event which was under the theme ‘Towards A Peaceful Election 2016’ brought together representatives from the various Christian denominations, Officers from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Traditional Authorities from the Dumasua Community and some Opinion Leaders.
Addressing the gathering at the Presby School Park, the Local Council Chairman, Mr. J.K Fordjour said, Christianity was an embodiment of peace which therefore placed a huge responsibility on every good Christian to promote and sustain peace.
He admonished Christian Leaders to remain neutral and avoid meddling in active partisan politics which could have adverse effects on the image of the fate and also divide it along partisan line since the fate is an amalgamation of people with different political party interest.
‘As Christians we should emulate the kind of politics Jesus Christ Practiced. He was not involved in partisan politics by forming or leading a political party. The politics he practiced was about ensuring peace, justice and improving the welfare of his people’, J.K Fordjour stated.
He also admonished the entire Christians to guard against actions and utterances which have the tendencies of inflaming passions and plunging the nation into political chaos in this year’s elections.
However, a Civic Educator from the NCCE Regional Office, Marian Kusi Aboraah commended the Local Christian Council of Ghana highly for that laudable initiative all geared towards educating the Christian Fellowship and the public the need to promote violence free election.
She therefore appealed to Christians particularly the youth not to allow politicians to use them as tools to foment violence in order to achieve their selfish political desire.
She also expressed concern about political discussions on some media platforms which are used by some politicians to make defamatory and unprintable comments about their political opponents which heighten the already tensed political environment ahead of the elections.
Madam Kusi Aboraah therefore advised media practitioners to show a high level of professionalism and circumspection in their work and do everything possible to sanitize the airwaves with issue based discussions.
She stated that, the NCCE as part of its Civic responsibilities was putting in place programs and activities to embark on public education in all the communities to sensitize the electorates on the need to tolerate one another irrespective of their political differences and work together towards achieving a successful election.