Residents of Ho and Ketu South in the Volta Region have urged the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCSALW) to take its “Ballots without Bullets “campaign to the doorsteps of the various flagbearers in the 2020 Presidential race.
This follows a peace campaign tour of some constituencies that have been identified as hot spots ahead of the December 7 polls.
According to residents, compelling the flagbearers of the various political parties especially the incumbent NPP and the opposition NDC to pledge to peace before, during, and after the election is more important than asking parliamentary candidates to pledge or commit to a peaceful election
“Wouldn’t it be better asking the flagbearers especially the NDC and NPP to pledge peace rather than the parliamentary candidates?
“The real people to take your campaigns to are the flagbearers and not only the Parliamentary Candidates,” a resident said.
But responding to the comment, the Executive Secretary for the Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Mr. Jones Applerh said campaigning for peace at the grassroots was not out of place.
According to him, the Commission is committed to conflict prevention, hence the decision to tour areas marked as hot spots.
“We have taken upon ourselves to take this peace campaign into selected hotspots in the country and we want to make sure that no violence is recorded during the election,” he said.
Mr. Applerh said the Commission will continue to sensitize and raise awareness of the dangers of the proliferation of arms in the election.
“Anytime there is an election, it comes with associated problems and if what we witnessed during the voter registration exercise is anything to go by, then we have to step up our games and make sure that we maintain the existing peace the country currently enjoys,” Mr. Applerh said.
While pledging for peace during and after the polls, the Parliamentary candidates said they will ensure that Ghana comes out the winner after the December 7 elections.
They were subsequently presented with a plaque signifying peace by the Commission of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Meanwhile, the Regional Police Command and the Electoral Commission in the Region have also promised to do their best in the discharge of their duties .