We are very concerned about the allegations making the rounds about allmanner ofploys, mayhemand kamikaze tactics being plannedto create confusion on voting day December 7, 2020, and make impossible the smooth and fair conduct of votingin certain parts of the country, especially Volta Region.
In the face of variouschallengesfacing Ghanaians, COVID-19 pandemic, joblessness, and generally difficult living conditions, among others, what Ghanaians need is hope, not fear.
At this time when unimaginable atrocities are being visited on the black man in various parts of the world, we need to work together to strengthen the peace,and create harmonious living conditions at home, so that xenophobicisolation abroad would not be preferred by our people.
So as we prepare to go to the polls on December 7, we ask all Ghanaians tokeep in mind our important responsibility to contribute our utmost to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. We all need, at this crucial time, to remember our“pledge to be faithful and loyal to Ghana, (our)motherland”.
It is necessary,therefore,thatwe subordinate individual interest and political party loyalty to the national desire for peace, unity and development.All of our conduct and what we say should help achieve theseimportant objectives. Thus,the need, among others, fora responsible use of social media to communicate information, but not spread misinformation.
We, once again, call on the Electoral Commission to make peaceful conduct of Monday, December 7 General Elections its primary objective. It would require, among others, that all agreed voting day and polling station processes and protocols are observed so that no qualified Ghanaian is disenfranchised, and that the elections are ultimately free and fair.
We would like to call on our security agencies to remember that Ghana is not at war. The elections are a contest between Ghanaians. They should therefore respect their various oaths,and protect and defend the people of Ghana and the 1992 Constitution without fear or favour.
We would also like to seize this opportunity to remind our politicians to respect the desire of Ghanaians for peace, and our shared desire for happiness. Thus,there is the need for tolerance and a commitment to fair play during the elections. Leadership is service, and those who truly desire to serve this nation will not resort to violence as a way of securing thatright to serve. So,thewill of the people, as will be communicated on December 7, must be respected by allwho truly love democracy.
Finally, we want to call for a massive turnon December 7. Every Ghanaian must come out and exercise the democratic right to vote, and do so in an orderly manner. Indifference will destroy our democracy, and create a breeding ground for undesirable outcomes.
We count on all our chiefs to play their role in safeguarding our peace and unity.God bless the motherland.
Togbe Afede XIV
December 4, 2020