Takoradi, Nov. 12, GNA - Members and supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are being harassed, intimidated and assaulted by some members of the opposition political parties, according to a press release from the Western Regional Secretariat of NPP.
The release was signed by Mr Francis Quansah, the Regional Secretary, and issued to the press in Takoradi on Friday.
The release said at a recent NPP Polling Station executive meeting at the Shama Catholic School, three Reform Party members assailed supporters of the party.
It said the Reform Party members came to the meeting place saying provocatively and with resolve that they had programmed a meeting in the same room.
The release said Mr Peter Mac Manu, the Regional Chairman, intervened and cooled tempers of his party supporters.
It said in the Prestea-Huni-Valley constituency, without any provocation, Mr Plange Kaye, who is contesting the Parliamentary seat as an independent candidate threw acid on the NPP Member of Parliament, Mr Samuel Obben.
In the Essikado-Ketan Constituency, on October 13 this year, an NDC Keep Fit Club members went on rampage at the house of the NPP Parliamentary Candidate, Lawyer Joe Ghartey, while he was at meeting with others in the house, the release added.
The release said some civilians in military uniforms caused mayhem at Ellembelle, and some parts of the Mpohor Wassa East District and the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis during the 2000 elections.
It said a particular party is recruiting macho people with the intent of using them to cause trouble in the 2004 elections.
The release said these unprovoked affronts, wanton destruction and removal of the party's posters and billboards by political adversaries do not make for peace.
It said, they undermine the democratic atmosphere for which the country is yearning.
The release asked political leaders to advise their members to eschew vandalism, machoism and intimidation in campaigning and base their campaigns on issues.
It said the party on its part has educated the youth to restrain themselves from committing any form of provocation that were likely to disrupt the peace during the December 7 elections.
The release called on the people to hand miscreants to the appropriate authorities for swift action to be taken against them before they had time to implement their schemes.