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General News | Apr 14, 2004

Govt Determined To Ensure Free & Fair Elections

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The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Papa Owusu-Ankomah,has reiterated the government's commitment to ensure a level playing field and a free and fair elections in December.

He said the government passionately believed that it was only through free and fair elections that Ghana could consolidate its constitutional democracy. Papa Owusu-Ankomah was addressing the congregation of the St Andrews Anglican Cathedral in Sekondi on Monday.

He stressed the need for Ghanaians, especially politicians, to be tolerant of one another during this election year .“We need to be circumspect in our actions and utterances so that we would experience a peaceful election in the country,” he added.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah observed that the use of abusive language had the tendency to foul the political atmosphere and generate misunderstanding in the country. He said Ghana is noted for its enviable role in peace-keeping and peace at home, adding that “nothing should, therefore, be done to compromise our hard-earned peace”.

The Dean of the Anglican Church Cathedral of Sekondi, the Very Rev Jacob Welbourne, urged Christians to pray for peace prior to and after the elections.He asked Christians to eschew hatred and come together in unity.

The Youth Director of the Anglican Diocese of Sekondi, Mr Emmanuel Papa Assan, appealed to the youth not to allow themselves to be exploited by politicians to achieve their selfish aims.

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