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28.11.2008 Elections

Osu Aspirants Pledge To Accept Results

By Patrick Baidoo - newtimesonline.com

THE three parliamentary aspirants of the Osu-Korle Clottey constituency have pledged to accept the outcome of the pending poll and support the winner to develop the area.

They also promised to educate their supporters to be calm and conduct themselves peacefully during the electoral period.

Nii Armah Ashitey of the National Democratic Congress (NCD), Nii Adjei Tawiah of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and Ms Monica Quarcopome of the Convention People's Party (CPP), gave the assurance at a peace forum organised by the Osu Divisional Council.

The forum was for the chiefs and people to discuss issues affecting them and plan the way forward.

The Osu Mantse, Nii Owuo Nortey III, appealed to the judiciary to deal drastically with voters who misconduct themselves on election day.

“Courts nationwide must prosecute anyone who disrupts the electoral process to serve as deterrent to others,” he noted.

He said the laws of the land have to be enforced “because of how sensitive issues related to elections could be.”

Nii Nortey cited the examples of Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Rwanda and other countries where confusion erupted out of disputed election results.

Nii Owuo Nortey said, “elections are not a panacea  but rather to determine which political party and its candidates have the right policies to accelerate a nation's growth.”

He cautioned the electorate to think more about their personal development now and the future by not engaging in acts of vandalism which would not solve their problems.

“Any person or a nation that is engulfed in war never develops because monies for developmental projects are diverted towards conflict resolution,” he asked

The Osu Mantse urged politicians to be mindful of the things they say to the electorate when they mount platforms.

He advised the Electoral Commission (EC) not to take things for granted until the election is over.

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