Election 2008 is not a do or die affair- Veep

Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, on Sunday observed that Election 2008 is about the political choices Ghanaians would make on December 7 and not a “do or die” affair.

He stressed: “Belonging to different political parties does not make us enemies, especially when we have demonstrated in several ways that we are one people.”

Alhaji Mahama made the observation when he addressed the annual Kakube festival of the chiefs and people at Nandom traditional area, in the Upper West Region.

“No blood should be spilled because of this election. We should listen to all messages being put out there and consider the track records of the parties and individuals and make our choices.

“We should not allow anyone to incite us towards violence, for nothing good would ever come out of a violent situation.”

Alhaji Mahama said government had committed itself to a free and transparent election.

“We will not incite or intimidate anyone because we want you to judge us (Government) by our track record and what we have done in changing your lives within these eight years.”

Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) of the ruling New Patriotic Party for Nandom said the party had captured the Kamba dam, which had been on the drawing board for years, in its 2008 manifesto for implementation.

He said other parliamentary aspirants in the area and stakeholders of the general election should strive to facilitate free and fair elections.

Mr Dery asked the security agencies to deal with anyone who undermined the peace and security during the polls.

Dr. Benjamin Kumbour, the incumbent MP called on government to calve a district or constituency for the area, to ensure free flow of development.

Nandom is currently under Lawra District.

Dr. Kumbour also stressed the need for incident-free elections.

The Nandom Naa, Naa Puoure Puobe Chiir VII, Paramount Chief of the Area, said the agro-related festival was instituted 20 years ago, to revamp the customs and traditions of their ancestors.

He said it was also a period for stock staking.