Parliamentary candidates for the La Dade Kotopon Constituency have promised to ensure peace before, during and after the 2020 general elections.
This commitment was made during a town hall meeting at the St. Maurice Catholic Church in La on Sunday, November 15, on the theme: The role of Parliament, Local Authorities and Participatory Governance in Community Development.
The candidates, Mr. Joseph Gerald Nyanyofio Tetteh of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), together with the two independent candidates, Mr. Michel Papa Kojo Bowman Amuah and Madam Gifty Naa Koshie Odamtten took turns to address the audience on the theme for the event.
Rev Fr. Joseph Henry Mensah in his keynote address to the gathering advised candidates to see their position as an opportunity to unite the people and also advocate for development for the constituency rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass wealth for themselves. He also entreated all gathered to see the community’s development an individual responsibility.
He further used the opportunity to thank the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference and Konrad Adenauer Stifung (KAS) for their support to the parish in organizing the meeting.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the La Municipal Assembly entreated the electorates to listen and vote according to the message that suits their needs. He said, leaders are chosen by God hence there is no need to fight and if electorates and candidates understand this, it will help in avoiding violence in the country.
Inspector David Bondong speaking on behalf of the La District Police Commander said the police are putting measures in place to deal with any form of violence that might spring up during this election period.
“La has been one of the most peaceful constituencies in the country but the security service is not going to take things for granted. Everything will be done to protect the peace at all cost”.
He further mentioned that people who will be caught in any act of violence will be made to face the full rigors of the law.
The event was organized by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra and was graced by other dignitaries including the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Solomom Kotey Nikoi and the assemblymen of the various electoral areas within the La Dade Kotopon Constituency.
Source: Anthonia Oyeh-Asare (St. Maurice Catholic Church La.)