The Tano South District Directorate of the National Commission on Civic Education in collaboration with the Tano South District Assembly has organized a peace walk in Bechem in preparation towards the attainment of peace in the district before, during and after the pronouncement of the final verdict of the election 2012 petition case pending before the supreme court of Ghana.
The peace walk which saw members of all political parties, chiefs, opinion leaders, religious heads and Muslims alike with placards some of which read “peace peace peace”, “accept the verdict”, “peace not war” walking through the principal street of Bechem amid brass band music.
In messages in support of the attainment of peace delivered by the constituency chairmen of various political parties, Mr. Asare Antwi of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said, the New Patriotic Party believed in the rule of law hence their petition to the supreme court challenging he results of the presidential polls of 2012 as announced by the electoral commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan and promised that his party is ever prepared to accept the verdict of the supreme court judges in good faith.
The zonal chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Kofi Mensah on the other hand also stressed that members of his party in the constituency is also committed in accepting the final verdict of the supreme court and hinted that Ghana is the only country we have and for that matter Ghanaians must live in peace as one people no matter their political differences.
In a speech, the Tano South District Director of the NCCE Ms. Cynthia Animah Boadu said the 1992 constitution of the republic of Ghana mandates that results of elections could be challenged at the supreme court of Ghana for redress and for that matter going to court on election petition does not mean that the country must be tend into chaos and stress that the country has enjoyed an enviable peace since the beginning of the supreme court case and appealed to all and sundry to accept the final verdict of the supreme court. Ms. Animah cited Rwanda, Ivory Coast, and Liberia as countries which have experience wars and lamented on how they suffered and called for total peace in the country.
The Tano South District Chief Executive (DCE) Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba in a short speech said that no one is above the laws of the land no matter his/her religious, political or ethnic background and for that reason verdict of our court are to be obeyed and therefore the final verdict of the supreme court is no exception which should be seen as a different thing all together. He said people should not take advantage of the nature of the court case which is an election petition and take the laws into their own hands and misbehave since the law enforcement agencies would not spare such people.
Hon. Anaba called on all not to entertain any fear when they see the security personnel patrolling the town or some part of the district since they are part of measures put in place to bring peace and harmony to the people and urged supporters of both the NDC and NPP to be very circumspect in their utterances before, during and after the supreme court verdict. The Hon. DCE called on the people to be on the lookout for people who are creating fear and panic in the people since some of these tactics are tricks used by robbers to take advantage and rob innocent people and warned those people that the security agencies are highly on the alert for them.