The Most Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC) has underscored the need for Ghanaians to learn to keep tempers cool ahead of the December 7, general elections.
He said, “an eye for an eye will leave everybody blind, and so let us, as Ghanaians, love Mother Ghana, and deescalate the tensions by saying and doing things that will not inflame passions. Let’s learn to keep tempers cool.”
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Rev. Dr. Asante who was reacting to reports of violence at some voters registration centres in some parts the country, said politicians must also learn to provide leadership, saying, “at such a time like this, we look up to them”.
“…politicians who are bussing people to places for them to register should stop. It is against the law, and it won’t help anybody,” the NPC Chairman said.
His comments come after a registration exercise at the Step to Christ registration centre at Kasoa in the Awutu Senya East constituency on Monday after gun-wielding men stormed the premises.
According to eyewitnesses the men numbering at least 15 arrived at the centre around 8 am and tried to sack some prospective voters.
This resulted in a scuffle that saw gunshots fired and three motorbikes burnt. Later that day, the MP for the area, Hawa Koomson admitted firing the gunshots.
She said she went to the registration centre because she received intelligence that her opponent was busing people to the centre.
Rev. Dr. Asante expressed worry over the incident and said it was important politicians acted as role models under all circumstances.
He reminded the political parties of the Vigilante Act, Act 999, which made such acts punishable.
Meanwhile, the Central Regional Police Command says it is investigating the incident.
According to the police, the MP has honoured their invitation and given her statement on the matter.
The four person who were arrested in connection with the incident.