The Republic of Ghana as it occurs every 4 years, move to the polls to decide on who she wants to lead them; both in the presidential and parliamentary disciplines.
As the elections draw nearer, it is sparingly inevitable to forgo the tensions that come as time elapses.
Hitherto, the tensions experienced is what has been the alarms of violence and it is in this regard that individuals, NGOs and religious bodies stand out demanding and preaching peace to the youth especially through various peace campaigns.
The Junior Common Room (JCR) of the Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana has stood out as one of the pioneers for this year’s peace campaigns towards ‘Election 2020’, tagging their campaign as
“Vandals 4 Peace”
#One Nation, One People
The Junior Common Room (JCR) of the Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana has entreated the youth to apply diplomacy in their quest to win votes for any political affiliation.
In the lead-up to the December 7 general elections, the youth have been strongly admonished to shun violent tactics that will cause disunity and civil upheaval in the country.
Being aware of the consequences of a non peaceful election, leadership of the Hall and members of the JCR have launched this campaign to press home the need for a violent-free electioneering process.
According to the JCR, youths are “largely” the perpetrators of violent activities orchestrated by politicians.
“We are the same youth that are at risk of facing a pitiable future should the nation be torn apart; since this is the only place we have, we owe ourselves the obligation to maintain this country as an oasis of democracy and civil order.
“We therefore call on all Ghanaians, especially the youth involved in politics to adopt diplomatic steps in attempts to win votes for any faction,” they said.
The JCR further recounted casualties and agonies caused by the recent violence in Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-elections.
“We must also be reminded that already, the Covid-19 pandemic has, and continues to exasperate our economy and as such we cannot afford to add salt to injury…it will be almost impossible to seek refuge elsewhere should the unfortunate happens; we may recall the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by election casualties and its agonizing aftermath.”
The JCR maintained that the youth “have no reason to adopt violent tactics in scoring political capital, the quest for political power must not be an avenue for war, irrespective of one’s political affiliation, let us all remember, Ghana first”.
Other organizations and bodies have also launched campaigns to spread the ‘peace’ news to all, stressing the need for a violent-free election. As part of a vision to welcoming peaceful election, an “AGENT OF PEACE CAMPAIGN” has been launched by the Sefwi Wiawso Area of the Church of Pentecost in the Western North Region, to spread the news of peace before, during and after the elections.
Look out some flyers shared by the JCR as part of the campaign below: