Elections are about choice and values but not violence, Graphic MD says
Graphic Communication Company Limited (GCGL) in partnership with Spring Consult has launched a nationwide peace campaign dubbed; Graphic Cooperates in Ghana Peace Campaign. The peace campaign is aimed at ensuring peaceful election in 2020 and beyond. The state-owned news organization believes elections are about choice and values but not violence.
The company during the launch pledged to use all its platforms to educate the public about the destruction that electoral violence can cause the country. Managing Director of GCGL, Mr Ato Afful at the Town Hall Meeting in Tamale explained that, the campaign was to educate the electorate to ensure peaceful elections in the country.
Mr Afful whose speech was read on his behalf by the company’s Marketing Director, Mr Franklin Sowah appealed to electorates to save their strength for just voting and nothing else. The GCGL MD reminded Ghanaians that election is about choices and a contest of ideas.
The Graphic MD said it is valueless to resort to mayhem or violence when all political parties need to win an election is superior ideas, adding that the Ghana Police Service has identified about 4,098 flashpoints across the country where chaos may erupt during the December 7 elections if stakeholders do not take the right steps such as educating the populace to know why they must stand for peace.
The Police, Mr Afful continued, may do their job but a lot depends on the citizens’ resolve to ensure peaceful elections. He reiterated GCGL’s commitment aside, educating the electorate about peace that, they would continue to avoid inaccurate and sensational election reporting in order to keep the country at peace. He called on other media organizations to do the same so that together, the peace is sustained in the country.
The Editor of Daily Graphic, Mr Kobby Asiamah advised the youth to desist from any attempt to cause violence during the 7th December elections.
He urged the public to support the security agencies by providing timely information about potential violence. Mr Kobby also appealed to the security agencies to be professional in the discharge of their work. Ensuring peace and combating crime, Mr Kobby noted is a collective responsibility and all must play part, especially the political parties.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spring Consult, Mr Offei Afari appealed to energetic young people in the country to use their strength to productive ventures rather than violence on Election Day.