story by Azaglo Michael  Fiakofi

CIVIC FORUM INITIATIVE IN COLLABORATION WITH INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (IDEG) Meets the press on how as a nation we can preserve peace and stability after the supreme court has delivered it's virdict on the presidential election petition.

According to the (Rtd)  chairman of Civic Forum Initiative Maj.Gen. Nii Carl Coleman ,The presidential and parliamentary elections of 2020 did not pass without some sporadic incidents of violence and loss of lives. By comparison with elections elsewhere on the continent, however, it was a relatively peaceful process. We commend the political party leadership, the flagbearers, the Electoral Commission (EC), the security agencies, civil society organizations and the media, who in diverse ways contributed to the relative peace in the election.

The high point of the national effort to sustain election peace was recorded two days to the election when the flagbearers of the two major parties, NPP and NDC appended their signatures to a Presidential Election Peace Pact and pledged to keep the peace, accept the election results or otherwise challenge peacefully in court any aspect they considered to be flawed. They also pledged to cooperate to undertake the Constitutional Amendments necessary to improve on our system of democratic governance after the election.

In consonance with the Peace Pact, the NDC Presidential candidate filed on December 30, 2020, a Presidential Election Petition seeking to reverse the official Presidential Election results as declared by the Chairperson of the EC, and Returning officer of the 2020 Presidential elections. In short, the NDC flagbearer believed that none of the candidates in the 2020 elections polled more than fifty percent of valid votes cast. And he prayed the Court for a re-run of the election between the two candidates with the highest votes.

Members of the media, we are now close to the moment of decision it important to recognize that in all democracies, verdicts of this kind will always bring indignation and disappointment to some and jubration and satisfaction to others. This is part of the practice of democracy in a countries. What is

important to us as a people is our collective resolve to maintain the peace and stability of our country Accordingly. We appeal to our fellow citizens to accept the eventual verdict in national interest and move on.

We further call on the NPP and NDC to live up to expectation and encourage their supporters to avoid engaging in violent and aggressive conduct that would erdanger national peace, Security and threaten our democratic gains. Regardless of the outcome, we must all remember to put Ghana first and take the necessary actions to guarantee that our nation does not plunge into political turmoil.

We encourage the leadership of the NDC and NPP to work together to undertake the longstanding constitutional reforms in order to eradicate the root causes of vigilante violence in Ghana and the winner takes-all system as committed to in the 2020 Presidential Peace Pact. 

We also call on the Chara Police Service to ensure law and order as well as the safety of citizens through professional enforcement of our country's laws. We plead with the media to also be circumspect in their reportage and ensure that their outlets do not become platforms for hate speech and insult.

Finally, We urge follow citizens, political parties and you,our friends from the media, to remain calm and uphold the peace as we await the decision of the supreme court on Thursday. Let us not forget that in this verdict,  democracy should be ultimate winner.

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