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Identifiable groups speak against mounting political tension in the country
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com          Published On: December 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT
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Identifiable groups speak against mounting political tension in the country

Various identifiable groups are expressing concerns over mounting tensions in the country following the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) rejection of the 2012 election results and their supporters’ ongoing demonstrations against the outcome.

The leadership of the party says it is heading to the Supreme Court to challenge last week’s election results it claims were rigged.

As the legal process unfolds, aggrieved members have been holding mass protests with reports of attacks. Security analysts are calling for restraint for fear of reprisal attacks in other parts of the country.

In a statement issued this morning, the Ghana Federation of Labour described the violent behavior of some party supporters as a blot on Ghana’s image and said that it undermines peace in the country.

Its General Secretary, Abraham Koomson, told Joy News that Ghana as a nation collectively agreed to pick leaders via universal adult and that all political parties agreed to that system.

"Now this system has been applied and the results have come, why should they create problem for innocent people? … if the best way to do is to get people to vote, then they should make sure that they ensure the process works.”

He called on the leadership of the NPP to “think outside the box” and make sure that peace prevails in the country.

Mr Koomson said he, like many others, has no money to travel across Ghana's borders but “we know that most of them (politicians) have sent their families outside, if they have not done so they have the means to do it.”

He said the Federation is not happy with the leadership of the NPP, and asked them to ensure that their lawyers go to court to get the results they want.

“What if the other side organize the foot soldiers to face them, it will not be well for us…some of us are scared. If lawyers, people who know law behave the way things are going then I am afraid”.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers is equally worried and its National President, Christian Addae Poku is urging both the media and opinion leaders to join a campaign to end the violence.

Speaking to Joy News, he asked supporters of the NPP to listen to the advice of their leaders, be calm and avoid “unleashing mayhem” on the nation. He also counselled supporters of the NDC to celebrate in moderation in order not to infuriate supporters of the NPP.

“The nation is still in a volatile situation and we must all try to manage it in such a way that the tension will go down, and then the law and justice will take its own course,” he said.

Deputy General Secretary of the Agricultural Workers Union, Edward Kareweh, who shared his concern with Joy News, appealed to all not to create the impression that even though Ghana is a peaceful country, its elections can degenerate into violence.

Communications expert Dr Margaret Amoakohene called on the media to be as objective as they can be, warning that at this moment, “anything can slide us into slippery road.”

She said that for the sake of the nation, journalists who know they cannot be objective should not cover any political programmes.

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