Accra, 18 December, 2020 / 3:07 pm (ACI Africa).
Following days of post-election unrest in some parts of Ghana, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have called on the leadership of political parties and their supporters to restrain from all forms of violence.
In the Wednesday, December 16 statement shared with ACI Africa, GCBC members they are concerned about the loss of lives and injuries suffered by the people of God in some constituencies.
“We wish to call on the leadership of the two major political parties and their supporters to exercise restraint and avoid all forms of violence in the aftermath of the declaration of the Presidential and Parliamentary results by the Electoral Commission,” GCBC members say.
In their collective statement signed by GCBC President, Archbishop Philip Naameh, they add, “Aware that in every competition there are bound to be winners and losers, we wish to call on all stakeholders to exhibit maturity in accepting both defeat and victory. In this way, reactions to any of the two conditions would be measured, modest and charitable towards one another.”
At least five people were killed in election-related violence in Ghana between December 7 and 9, the National Election Security Taskforce (NESTF) reported December 10.