Accra, 30 November, 2020 / 5:15 pm (ACI Africa).
Ahead of Ghana’s general elections scheduled for December 7, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in their Advent message, appealed to Ghanaians to maintain peace during the electioneering period.
“We wish to appeal once again to all our fellow-citizens to desire and actively work for peace before, during and after the December 7, 2020 elections,” members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) say in their Advent Pastoral Letter issued Sunday, November 29 and shared with ACI Africa.
In the Pastoral Letter, GCBC members remind all Ghanaians that “elections are not war; elections are not about violence, but an important democratic exercise in which all registered voters in Ghana exercise their right to vote to determine the direction for the development of our nation.”
“We pray that just as we have done on seven different occasions in the past, we will also hold this year’s elections so creditably that we can celebrate our growing democracy and the coming of the Savior’s birth at Christmas in peace, harmony and joy,” they implore in the three-page Pastoral Letter whose theme is inspired by the upcoming polls and the Advent season.
While they express confidence in the country’s Electoral Commission to conduct “free, fair and transparent elections” in their message circulated under the theme, “Welcoming Christ, Living in Peace with All,” GCBC members urge the electoral body officials “not to become complacent in carrying out this constitutional duty”