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General News Sat, 20 Jul 2013

Calls for peace is misplaced - Benny Wood

The Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana (CCAG) has suggested that the cries for peace in the post-court verdict on Ghana's Election Petition, is misplaced.

The Association's query comes after a national peace summit was held in Accra on Friday. It was organized by the National Peace Council and the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) under the theme ‘Justice, Peace and Reforms will strengthen Ghana’.

It brought together political party leaders, religious leaders, security chiefs and civil society to make declarations and speeches about peace in a post-Supreme Court verdict on Ghana's Election Petition.

The Petition filed by opposition NPP stalwarts including its flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo is challenging the declaration of John Mahama as the winner for the 2012 December polls.

But speaking on Joy FM' Top Story President of the CCAG, Bishop Prince Benny Wood said, it was counter-productive to be screaming peace after the Petition. It was unnecessary and could scare investors, he suggested.

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"We are all over the place shouting peace, peace", he complained.

He suggested that democracy and the constitution ought to naturally foster peace and not raise national temperature during, before and after elections.

His question drew a passionate rebuttal from security expert Emmanuel Bombande of the West African Network for Peace Building WANEP).

Mr. Bombande's reply was a borrowed explanation provided by former president Jerry John Rawlings during the National Peace Summit.

The security analyst recalled that Rawlings during his speech said, in the prelude to Ghana switching from driving from the left to the right, there was intense public education to avoid confusion and possible accidents.

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He said, the switch finally came off successfully without incident.

He said "if the efforts are not made, and there was any incident of violence, the worst thing Ghanaians would do is to say, why did we sit down and not prepare ourselves to prevent this".

He said efforts at peace is not because there will be violence but because preparation for national exercises such as an election, was important.

The Chairman of the Peace Council Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asante also spoke on Ghana Connect and rejected the claim that the Council was creating anxiety by its calls for peace.

According to him, the move is to "encourage Ghanaians who are already peaceful, to sustain the peace".

Source: joyonline