President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday promised to provide all the necessary funding and logistics that would facilitate the 2012 general election on December 7.
He said so far a lot of resources had been channeled to the Electoral Commission and the security services and he would continue to offer the needed support to ensure that this year’s election stood high above the previous ones.
President Mahama gave this promise when he joined other presidential candidates to sign the “Kumasi declaration” document which would compel the candidates in this year’s elections and their supporters to campaign peacefully, before, during and after the polls.
The programme was initiated by Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II in collaboration with the National Peace Council and sponsored and supported by the Institute of Democratic Governance among many other sponsors.
It is geared towards ensuring a peaceful and successful election and to educate supporters of the various political parties to desist from the use of violence and other forms of intimidation during their campaigns.
President Mahama said he had all along advised his supporters to avoid campaigns of insults and character assassination and would continue to educate them against those evils even after the December polls.
“As the President of this country, I have a dual role: that is to ensure that there is peace in the country I preside over and to ensure that there is peace in the forthcoming elections as the candidate for the National Democratic Congress.”
He said Ghana became a democratic state 20 years ago and he would not do anything that would reverse those gains, but would rather consolidate the feat by providing everything necessary for the elections to be a success.
The Reverend Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the National Peace Council said Ghana’s democratic credentials were soaring everyday and that the Kumasi forum was their contribution towards the consolidation of those gains.
He pledged that his outfit would continue to provide all the support that would make Ghana a place of perpetual peace. GNA