The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has expressed dismay over the spate of violence during the current Voter Registration Exercise being conducted by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), a repulsive act which lives on every election year after 27 years of democratic governance under the fourth Republic Constitution. This occurrence does not portray a good name for our beloved country in the eyes of the world; a shame we have to deal with.
These concerns were raised due to the political violence in most constituencies particularly, the Ejura – Sekyere –Odumase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Kasoa in the Central Region, Asutifi South and Tano South constituencies in the Ahafo Region, the Dormaa West Constituency in the Bono Region, Ho West in the Volta Region and Fadama and Newtown in the Greater Accra Region.
The Bishops in a message endorsed by the President of the Conference, Most Rev Philip Naameh further said, “the latest action on Monday, July 20, 2020 of the Special Development Initiatives Minister and Member of Parliament for Awutu-Senya East Constituency in the Central Region, Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, is very disturbing. While the police take action on this matter we hope that the appropriate sanctions will be taken against her by the Executive and Legislature”.
The Bishops called on the political parties particularly the ruling party NPP and the major opposition party, NDC to show their commitment to the agreement they signed against vigilantism by handing over to the police any member of their group who act in ways that will disrupt the registration process.
They further cautioned all political parties to stay away from acts that would cause violence to enable a peaceful and smooth environment for both the ongoing Voter registration programme and the main elections in December.
Below is the full statement:GCBCs Statement on Political Violence in the Country