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14.11.2011 Politics

Peace Council Meets EC

By Daily Guide
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The Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante has stated that the NPC will meet the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties and other stakeholders to resolve  issues regarding biometric verification for the 2012 general elections.

The Methodist Bishop described the contentious verification process as a “hot spot” that could throw the country into chaos after the declaration of the 2012 election results.

He disclosed that the NPC will engage the EC, political parties and other stakeholders like the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in constructive discussions behind closed doors to ensure credible elections in the country.

Some organizations and individuals including the Christian Council of Churches (CCC) and former president John Agyekum Kufour have called on the EC to ensure that there is verification in the biometric process for the 2012 elections.

But the position of the EC boss, Dr. Afari Gyan on biometric verification has created a lot of debate in the country.

Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante cautioned Ghanaians not to take the peace of the country for granted, stating 'Ghanaians should not sit back and think that someone is going to cook peace and bring it to us.

'We must all come together and cook the peace that we need and sustain it.'

Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante told DAILY GUIDE that the country can also experience the kind of violence and destruction that happened in other countries across the world, particularly in Africa if the citizenry do not work to protect and enhance the peace we enjoy now, citing conflicts in Liberia and Ivory Coast.

He stated that the mandate of the NPC is to facilitate, harmonize and coordinate peace in the country and therefore “will tackle any threat on peace by engaging all parties involved in constructive reasoning.'

However, the chairman was quick to add that his team will not interfere with the work of peace enforcement agencies established by the laws of the country.

He revealed that unemployment is a potential threat to peace and security of the country and promised that the NPC will work with all stakeholders in the sector to help find a lasting solution to the national problem.

 From Emmanuel Ako-Gyima, Kumasi

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