Ghana Arms Commission worried over recent gun violence as 2012 elections near

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons is expressing grave concern over recent incidents of gun violence reported in the media especially as Ghana goes to the polls in December this year.

Ghana will hold both presidential and parliamentary elections December 7, 2012.

In a statement copied to and signed by its Executive Secretary, Jones Borteye Applerh April 3, 2012, the Commission said the growing impact of small arms in the country especially as “we approach the elections is worrying” and must not be ignored by all peace loving Ghanaians.

The Commission has therefore called on all political parties and their leaders to prevail upon their supporters to desist from “resorting to the use of guns to settle political disputes” at the least provocation since elections are just a means of selecting leaders. “It is not worthwhile for anybody to die in that process,” it said.

The Commission also urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to be conscious of the situation and make it a collective responsibility to rid the society of tools of armed violence.

By Ekow Quandzie

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