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08.11.2008 Religion

Christians Pray For Peace

By Daily Guide

THE LOCAL Council of Christian Churches in the Ashanti region has called on all religious bodies in the country to intensify their prayers toward successful and peaceful general elections on December 7.

At a press conference organized recently in Kumasi, heads of various churches within the Ashanti region stressed the need for fervent prayers, indicating it is only the Almighty God who can make peace prevail in the country.

Rev. Douglas Frempong, Planning Committee Chairman of the Local Council of Churches in Kumasi, pointed out that religious bodies have a major role to play towards next month's general elections.

He observed that Ghana witnessed peaceful elections over the years because of the prayers of most religious bodies.

According to him, recent political events in some parts of Africa, notably Kenya and Zimbabwe suggest that there is the urgent need for Christians and other religious bodies to unite and organise intercessory prayers for the nation.

“This is the only way there could be a free, fair, transparent and peaceful general elections come December 7.”

Rev. Frempong indicated that as part of efforts by the council to ensure that there is a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the elections, a non-denominational intercessory prayer meeting has been planned for all churches in the region.

He said the council, in order to ensure that the various churches succeeded in their prayers, had also organized a three-day intercessory prayer meeting to be held at 100 prayer centres on zonal basis in Kumasi from 6.00pm to 8.00pm daily.

According to Rev. Frempong, the three-day prayer meeting will be crowned with a non-denominational service on Sunday, November 16 at the Jubilee Park from 3.00pm to 6.00pm for all churches in Kumasi.

He stressed the need for presidential aspirants to also join religious bodies and pray fervently to the Almighty God for free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections in the country.

He cautioned Ghanaians not to take the peaceful atmosphere in the country for granted pointing out that it was by the work of God that previous elections in the country were peaceful.

Rev. Frempong as well appealed to the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure that all polling stations are adequately provided with the needed logistics so that there would be no confusion whatsoever. 

He appealed to the media also to be circumspect in their reportage and avoid discrimination, favouritism, and selfish partisan interests to enable the electorate make correct choices.

From Stella Danso, Kumasi