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08.06.2004 General News

Make realistic promises - Politicians urged

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Accra, June 8, GNA - Politicians were on Tuesday urged to be mindful about the promises they made as they mounted platforms and should also ensure that such promises were attainable. They also need to be receptive and accommodating of one another's views as they prepared to campaign for Election 2004.

The Commonwealth Peace Ambassadors (CPA), a nongovernmental organisation, that seeks to advocate for peace in Commonwealth countries, made the call at a press conference to announce their programmes towards achieving a peaceful elections in December. "As we prepare for another election, we owe it a duty to our dear nation, to work extra hard to make this forthcoming election free of conflicts that may result in violence", Mr Armstrong Atta-Boateng, Deputy Secretary-General of the CPA said.

Mr Atta-Boateng, who addressed the press on behalf of the CPA, asked parties to create a peaceful and conducive atmosphere in which freedom of speech, human right and political freedom would be entertained.

The media was also urged to mount a peace-surveillance in their various houses to educate the electorate on the need to maintain law and order and to live together peacefully.

CPA asked the youth to refrain from activities, which might derail the just course of peace sustainability as well as "refuse to be misused by politicians to destabilize peace in Ghana".

CPA announced that, in July, it would launch a peace education campaign and other activities to encourage and support Government effort at ensuring violence-free elections. 08 June 04