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06.10.2008 Religion

Chief Imam calls for peaceful elections

By The Statesman

The Akuapem South Municipality Chief Imam, Sheik Hashimiyu Abdul Rahmadan has called on the people in the Muslim communities not to lend themselves to any politician who would come to them preaching violence and disunity.

He noted that any one who would cause trouble before and during the forthcoming elections would face arrest, prosecuted and possibly, imprisoned which would rather go to disenfranchise the individual, thus causing his or her party candidate to lose that one vital vote.

Sheik Abdul Rahmadan made this appeal when he led the worship at this year's EID -UL -FITR festival at the Prisons Park, Nsawam, last Tuesday.

He said the monies spent by the government in maintaining the peace in conflict areas in the country were a drain on the national economy and praised the Kufuor administration for its good work in bringing development to the nation Sheik Abdul Rahmadan prayed that God would divinely help Ghana elect the best presidential candidate who will do God's will in bringing prosperity to the nation.

The New Patriotic Party Parliamentary candidate for the Nsawam-Aburi constituency, O.B. Amoah who was the guest of honour, also emphasized the need for tolerance and respect for one another's political views.

He urged the Muslim communities to reject any politician who comes to preach violence and disunity, and welcome those with peace messages.

Mr. Amoah and his entourage presented 10 crates of soft drinks and eight bags of rice to the Muslims

Similar presentation was made by the National Democratic Congress, led by the party's youth organiser, Samuel Mensah.

By Eddie Owusu