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04.12.2008 Elections

Klagon Mantse appeals for peaceful elections

By Richard Attenkah, Tema - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Nii Bortey Klan I, Chief of Klagon, a town along the Sakumono-Ashaiman highway, within the Tema Metropolis, has appealed to Ghanaians to demonstrate maturity, when they converge at their respective polling stations, to cast their votes on Sunday.

According to him, Ghana was at the brink of adding another beautiful feather to its cap, and that honour can be determined only when we have demonstrated maturity, by going to our respective polling stations, cast our votes quietly, and return to our homes.

By so doing, Nii Bortey noted that the eyes of the international community, which are presently focused on Ghana waiting to see or hear what is going to happen, would then know that Ghanaians had come of age, and understand the very rudiments of democracy.

He said even though Ghanaians had already demonstrated that they were a peaceful people, who understand the principles of democracy, and have put in place democratic structures to advance our course, this election would determine our level of maturity.

Speaking in an interview with the paper last Monday, Nii Klagon called on politicians not to make empty promises to the electorate, just because they wanted their votes, since “If the people vote for you, and you fail to deliver on your promises, the same people will take you to task.”

He said Ghanaians were now highly awake politically, and with the power of the thumb, would bring into power the one they deemed fit to help develop their country.

The Chief of Klagon cautioned his colleague chiefs, who, for example, would go to the extent of assuring politicians, especially the presidential candidates of the various political parties, of their support, since it casts doubts on their loyalty to the constitution.

“Chiefs must advise politicians on how to ensure peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections before, during, and after the general elections.”

He called on the flagbearers of the various political parties, to stay calm and united as one people, in order to set good examples for the ordinary Ghanaian, towards a peaceful election, come Sunday.

He cautioned them not to make empty promises when campaigning, because Ghanaians would hold them accountable for every promise they make on their political platforms.

He appealed to the Ghanaians, especially the youth, not to allow themselves to be used to perpetuate acts of violence, but rather redirect their state of mind to conducting themselves in a peacefully manner, in order not to face the wrath of the law.

He hinted that since Ghana was noted as a peaceful country, there was the need to maintain peace, unity, and the love we have enjoyed over the years, during, and after the December 7 general elections. Nii Klagon cautioned the electorate not to permit any politician to buy their votes, but stay firm in their decisions, and cast their votes for the party they love, and have confidence that it would deliver.

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