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18.10.2008 Politics

Ban funeral activities on the eve of December 7 elections

By gna

A retired military officer on Saturday suggested to traditional rulers to place a temporal ban on all funeral activities on the eve of the December 7 elections.

Major Veronica Rita Akosua Nsafoah (RTD) told the Ghana News Agency that such a measure was crucial in ensuring that the citizenry had ample time to prepare to exercise their franchise without any hindrances.

She said it was unfortunate that funeral activities in recent times had come to be associated with all sorts of challenges such as travelling long distances, excessive drinking and merry making which had their negative effects and this could prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots.

“We should therefore find appropriate measures to curtail the disruptions that go with such funeral activities. Placing a temporal ban on such activities especially on the eve of the election is significant in putting Ghanaians in the best of psychological and physical conditions for a successful election,” Major Nsafoah said.

She added her voice to calls on religious bodies especially the Christian community to suspend church activities on Election Day to enable their members to participate in the election to choose a government of their choice since government policies affect all Christians.

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