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In a press statement issued today December 3, 2012 and copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, the GBA also advised the candidates and their media commentators to continue to debate on issues and desist from character assassination, arguments that fuel feuds, divisive statements and unpatriotic acts.
“The Ghana Bar Association would also like to pay tribute to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the National House of Chiefs and the Peace Council, for initiating the peace accord and to the eight presidential candidates for signing the “Kumasi Declaration” for peace. It is the hope of the GBA that this laudable step by our political leaders will translate into the political lives of their respective followers,” the statement said.
The GBA asked the media to be circumspect in their reportage and not to allow any discordant person to use their fora to disarray the peace Ghana currently enjoys.
“A peaceful, free and fair election is necessary for the acceptance of the outcome of the results. This process demands collective responsibility by the Candidates, Political Parties, their supporters, the Ghanaian voter, the Electoral Commission, polling agents and returning officers as well as the Security Agencies. May we all commit to this democratic process with a strong sense of peace,” it added.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi