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Date:09 Nov 2012
Ghana:Party Supporters tasked to be tolerant
Speaking at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) for various political parties in Tamale on Thursday, Mr. Ayeboafoh, General Manager of News Papers, entreated political parties and their supporters to be tolerant and show maturity in their respective political discourses as the country prepares to go to the polls next month.
Mr. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh equally pointed out that “Ghanaians in general have a collective responsibility to ensure that the country remained peaceful before, during and after the 2012 general elections” stating that “you do not have to kill yourselves because one party or the other has not won the elections”.
According to him, in advanced democracies like the United States of America, the victory of President Barack Obama in the US polls is seen as a victory for Americans.
“I would therefore wish to appeal to the various political parties to ensure that their supporters particularly in the various constituencies understand that victory for one party is victory for all”.
“We must together as Ghanaians rally behind who ever emerges as the choice of the electorate until one is given the opportunity again to elect his or her choice”, the GM observed.
The beauty of democracy, he said was to listen to statements expressing divergent views although one might not agree with those statements.
Mr. Ayeboafoh stated that the objective of the meeting was to find out the commitment of the political parties first towards a peaceful elections and then secondly to gauge their level of commitment towards the political parties’ code of conduct. This, he said was to encourage peace at both the regional and national levels.