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23.10.2004 Regional News

Don't predict outcome of elections - prophets urged

By GNA

Accra, Oct. 23, GNA - The Ghana Pentecostal Council (GPC) on Saturday said it was unethical for some prophets to attempt to predict the outcome of the impending general elections. The Council said such predictions were not healthy for our democratic process, saying, it would only unduly influence people to vote in a certain direction and thereby draw the church into partisan politics.

A statement issued by the Council in Accra therefore, advised all such prophets and ministers of the gospel to stay neutral and use their pulpits to preach love, unity and tolerance and lead their congregations to pray for the elections.

The statement signed by the Reverend Ekow Badu Wood, General Secretary, GPC, also called on all Christians "to pray for the elections and set positive examples by being tolerant, law abiding and assisting in all forms to ensure that the Presidential and Parliamentary elections were peaceful and successful."

It said church members must also be educated to exercise their civic responsibilities by turning out massively to vote on the Election Day.

The GPC said it expected all political parties and candidates to conduct their campaigns devoid of rancour, violence and insults. Meanwhile the GPC would on Sunday, October 24, induct into office, its new executive members who were elected in May this year to run the affairs of the Council for the next five years.

Apostle Dr Michael K. Ntumy, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Ghana, was re-elected President of the Council, while Bishop Charles Agyin Asare, General overseer of the Word Miracle Church, and Reverend William W. Dontoh, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church are the First and Second Vice Presidents respectively. The induction service would take place at the Christian Action Faith Ministries Chapel, Spintex Road, Accra.

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