Presidential aspirants of the various political parties contesting the December 7, 2008 general election have been urged to extend their campaign activities to the Bawku Municipality.
They have, however, been cautioned to desist from insults and acrimony and rather explain their plans for the country to the electorate in order to win their mandate in spite of the volatile nature of the area.
The Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional Area, Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, cautioned that his traditional area would not tolerate any politician who would use intemperate language in his campaign activities.
He made the appeal during a courtesy call on him by the newly appointed Upper East Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Alhaji Hamidu Mahama, at his palace.
ACP Mahama, who was recently elevated to the position of Regional Police Commander, was in Bawku to introduce himself to the Bawku Naba.
The visit was also to enable him to confer with the Bawku Naba on the strategies to adopt to improve on the relative peace prevailing in the area and ensure a smooth electioneering to avoid any violence during the December polls.
He was accompanied by the Regional Security Co-ordinator, Mr Ahmed Mumuni; the Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Emmanuel Frank Adufati and other Senior Police Officers.
The Bawku Naba called on political parties, who intended to campaign in the area to exhibit tolerance towards their political opponents and focus on issues that would rather unite the people and lead to development in spite of the unpleasant situation recorded over the past nine months.
Conflict erupted in Bawku on January 1, this year, and had claimed the lives of several people, while several others also sustained severe gunshot wounds.
Lives and property have been lost in the conflict. Bawku is currently under a dawn-to-dusk curfew and security personnel have been deployed to the area to maintain peace.
Naba Abugrago Azoka II praised the police and all other security agencies for their hard work and efforts which culminated in the restoration of peace in the area and pledged his commitment to ensuring that permanent peace reigned in the area.
ACP Alhaji Mahama commended Bawku Naba and his sub-chiefs for collaborating with the security agencies to control the situation in the area.
He, however, called on the traditional rulers to hand over to the police anyone who threatened the peace in the area.
He also appealed to the chief to support the police and the Electoral Commission to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in the area.
The Police Commander urged Bawku Naba to leave an imprint in the sands of times as the Bawku Naba who brought permanent peace to Bawku.
The delegation later joined members of the Muslim community in Bawku to observe their Friday prayers.
Addressing the congregation in the mosque, ACP Mahama urged Ghanaians, especially the youth in the Zongo community, not to allow politicians to use them to foment trouble for their selfish gains.
He advised the youth that the Islamic religion was not associated with violence and, therefore, appealed to them not to involve themselves in hooliganism and other negative behaviour.
ACP Alhaji Mahama cautioned the youth that anyone caught causing or to have caused trouble prior to or on the election day, would be treated as an individual criminal and not a member of any political party.