Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong  — Former General Secretary, Christian Council, Ghana
Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong — Former General Secretary, Christian Council, Ghana

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong calls for improvement in elections

A former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has stressed the need for an improvement in the conduct of elections in the country although past elections had been relatively peaceful.

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He said foreign observers such as the European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and CODEO, among others, which witnessed previous elections had described elections in Ghana as relatively peaceful.

He said when compared with other elections elsewhere in Africa such as Senegal and DR Congo, however, it may not be the best, hence the need for improvement in the nation’s electoral process.

Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong made these remarks when he delivered a peace lecture organised by the Akuapem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Nsukwao, a suburb of Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

Peace lecture

The peace lecture aimed at sensitising and mobilising the public, traditional rulers, community members and other relevant stakeholders towards maintaining a peaceful and orderly electoral process.

The event, on the theme: “The Role of the Church in the Promotion of Peaceful Elections in December 7”, was attended by clergymen from the presbytery and members from various congregations of the presbytery.

Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong, who is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said Ghana's democracy must mature.

He indicated that democracy in general was being monetised, making it very difficult for the electorate to choose competent leaders to lead the country, adding that democracy was too expensive.

He called on all political parties to exercise caution and respect in their conduct during the electioneering so as to maintain peace before, during and after the December 7 polls.

Violence

Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong reminded both politicians and stakeholders of the need to curb the disturbing trend of political violence associated with past elections. With regard to voters, he said they should be discerning and vote for the best candidate without taking into consideration any financial or material gains.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong stated that the 2024 elections presented a significant opportunity to reverse the violent patterns witnessed during previous elections.

Violence-free elections

He appealed to political leaders to ensure that the forthcoming elections were conducted in a violence-free manner, stressing the importance of peaceful conduct in preserving the country’s democratic integrity.

For his part, the Chairperson of the Akuapem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Ebenezer Acheampong, said the role of the church in ensuring a peaceful elections could not be underestimated and that was why the church organised the event.

He stated that a peaceful election was a collective responsibility of the public, including stakeholders such as the Clergy.

Issue-based campaign

Rev. Asiedu also called on political party leaders to engage in respectful and issue-based campaigns to avoid inflammatory rhetoric that could incite or perpetuate violence. He urged Ghanaians to do away with partisan differences and rather unite in safeguarding the nation’s peace and democracy during the electioneering period.

The chief of Akwadum, Nana Osei Owusu Agyapong ll, commended the church for organising such events and called on other religious institutions to emulate it. He also called on the youth not to be involved in negative acts that would mar the December 7 polls.

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