The Ecumenical and Social Relations (ESR) Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Madina District will hold a forum titled: How Credible, Free And Fair Would Election 2016 Be? on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
The forum will take place at the auditorium of the Presbyterian Church, Faith Congregation, Madina Estate, during the forenoon service.
Christian and Muslim leaders, politicians, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), traditional leaders, security officers, members of the media and academia have been invited.
GKB Owusu, Chairman of the Communication Board of PCG, in a release stated that five renowned speakers had been invited to address the forum.
They are Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana; Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission; Prof. Kwame Karikari, Dean of Communication Studies, Wisconsin University; Alexander Kaakyire Duku Frempong, Senior Lecturer, Political Science Department, University of Ghana, Legon and Sheikh Awal Larry, a Muslim Cleric.
Mr. Owusu deplored campaign of insults, intimidation and beating of war drums and therefore urged all political parties to desist from that.
“Elections are won with good manifestos and policies; therefore all those who are seeking power must concentrate on these. The time and energy being wasted to attack political opponents must be used to find solutions to the myriad problems confronting the nation,” he admonished.
Mr. Owusu called for reconciliation and tolerance before, during and after the elections.
He hoped that the forum would inspire and propel Ghanaians to be tolerant and co-exist peacefully during and after the December 7 elections.
The ESR Coordinator for Madina District, Francis Afoh, said the objective of the forum is to create a platform for all political parties contesting the elections to endeavour to exhibit maturity and decorum.
“Ghana has set a good example for democratic governance, and this must continue. For any nation to develop economically and achieve stability, the people must live in peace and unity. This is the reason why we are organising this forum to find ways to ensure credible, free and fair elections,” explained Mr. Afoh.