The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over recent violent clashes between supporters of Ghana’s two main political parties — the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) — with just three weeks to go to the Dec 7 general election.
Last Sunday, supporters of the two parties, during a keep-fit exercise organized by the NDC in Accra, clashed at the Nima residence of NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
William Hanna, the EU Ambassador to Ghana, on Wednesday urged the leadership of political parties in the country to publicly declare that violence by their supporters is unacceptable.
“This includes provocation, intimidation or incitement, and hate speech,” Hanna stated at the official launch of the National Media Commission’s (NMC) Media Monitoring Report on the 2016 Elections.
“We expect party leaders to make a public commitment to peace, just as they did together four years ago in the Kumasi Declaration. Violence has no place in the electoral process. We look to the forces of order to do their job impartially and prevent violence wherever it comes from and arrest those responsible for it.”
Hanna said the EU hoped to see Ghana living up to its reputation for credible and peaceful elections; and they also look forward to more public debates about issues on concern to the voters.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.