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Lower West Akim parliamentary candidates commit to peaceful elections

BY: Pacome Emmanuel Damalie
NDC's Michael Adu-Sei (Left) receiving a gift from NPP's Charles Acheampong (Right) and vice versa as demanded by the Executive Secretary of the Small Arms Commission, Mr Jones Applerh who looks on together with another official of the commission.
NDC's Michael Adu-Sei (Left) receiving a gift from NPP's Charles Acheampong (Right) and vice versa as demanded by the Executive Secretary of the Small Arms Commission, Mr Jones Applerh who looks on together with another official of the commission.

The parliamentary candidates for Lower West Akim constituency of the Eastern Region have pledged their commitment to ensuring a violent free election on December 7.

Candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Charles Acheampong and Mr Michael Adu-Sei respectively, said their outfits would not endorse any misconduct to jeopardize the harmony and peace of the constituency which has seen no violence since the inception of democratic governance.

At a peace campaign organised by the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons dubbed "Ballots Without Bullets" at Asamankese, they said they would not be pioneers of riots during this election but are resolute to see a free fair and transparent election.

Election Outcome
In their respective addresses at the event, the Mr Charles Acheampong (NPP) and Mr Michael Adu-Sei (NDC) noted that they would accept the outcome of the election in good faith.

Said Mr Acheampong; "I have no interest in encouraging violence; I've always ensured that those who really follow me understand the essence of not being violent. We are committed to a peaceful election, and we will accept the outcome no matter where it goes."

Mr Adu-Sei also said, "We are not ready to engage in any electoral violence in this election. We will do our bit to advice our party faithful against violence, and we will also accept the outcomes of the election in good faith."

He urged the security services to be professional and not bias towards any party to avoid any consequent chaos.

Security
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Mr Jones Applerh said the commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, were determined to see to it that the elections remain violent free through their peace campaigns.

He added that the commission was embarking on a nationwide tour of some selected constituencies that have the potential to record violence. Here the commission will intensify the peace campaign and bring together party candidates to foster unity among the constituents.

He appealed to the youth to be very cautious especially on election day and refrain from being used as agents of electoral violence.

The Lower West Akim Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Akwasi Kankam Boadu said the police and other security services in the constituency were very much prepared for the election and have put in place pragmatic measures to ensure that all polling stations in the constituency record no violence.

He added that the police would remain very professional in the discharge of their duties to maintain the violence free status of the constituency. He also urged all parties to cooperate with the police and educate party sympathisers on the need for peace and to avoid any violence in this year's election.