Saturday, 16 June 2012 07:00
The youth have been called upon to ensure that the electoral process is devoid of violence in order to improve the image of Ghana as a beacon of democracy, peace and development.
Mr Peter Maxwell Lartey, President of the Obrapa Youth Club, who made the call at a peace forum in the OkaiKoi South Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, noted that the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections would be a litmus test of the development and strength of the democratic credentials of Ghana.
Mr Lartey said Africa and the international community was observing events leading to the elections and whether or not Ghana would choose the path of democracy and peace or that of violence and war.
In their remarks, the Parliamentary aspirants in the area, Ahmed Arthur of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP) Alexander Ackuaku of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Madam Anita Abaidoo of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) pledged their commitment to engaging in decent political campaigning, devoid of insults.
Madam Emma Die Adams, former Assembly member for the Bubii Electoral Area, and Miss Constance Swaniker, Chairperson of the Forum also urged the youth to engage in healthy politics and shun violence.
The Obrapa Youth Club, based in Bubiashie, is dedicated to instilling a sense of civic responsibilities, self-discipline and moral and spiritual development into the youth in order to impact positively on the communities.
Since its establishment in May 2008, the Obrapa Youth Club has organised the Annual Community School Quiz and established ‘The Green Team’ in basic schools.
The Peace Forum, therefore, provided the platform for the official inauguration of the club.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)