The Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, has urged all Ghanaians, especially, the voting public, to place the peace, security and stability the country is enjoying at the core of their hearts when they step out from their various homes to go and cast their ballots on December 7, 2020.
“It is important that we remind ourselves that we remain Ghanaians and we should go into the December 7 elections as Ghanaians and emerge out of it as Ghanaians guaranteeing the peace, security and stability of it. We should engage through dialogue”, he noted.
He said it is important that all play a role in sustaining the peace of the country considering the challenges citizens of a country in turmoil go through.
Hon. Iddrisu made these observations last Saturday in his closing remarks at the end of the third meeting of the fourth session of the seventh Parliament of the fourth Republic.
Turning his attention on the various security agencies, Hon. Iddrisu, who is also the lawmaker for Tamale South, reminded the leadership of those institutions of the various assurances they have made and urged them to do more to ensure that the December 7 generals are peaceful.
“We have particularly, noted the assurances by the IGP that all his men and women to be deployed on elections day will be in uniform with their names tagged to their uniforms for easy identification. We are calling on the security agencies to ensure the safety and security of every Ghanaian going into the elections. The recent spate of armed robberies, coupled with some unresolved murders, gives cause for worry”, he averred.
He further told the House that the stakes in the upcoming elections are very high and whiles the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana sought to assure Parliament of their preparedness to deliver a transparent and credible election, the posture of some Members of the Commission belie the assurance.
He has therefore, called on the Chairperson of the EC to follow the footsteps of her predecessors and engage more with stakeholders, particularly, the political parties in order to carry them along in the process.
Hon. Iddrisu also called on all political parties to be patient and tolerant whiles the EC goes through the motions to declare the final results.
“The happenings if the U.S. should inform us that even with sophisticated systems the counting process may be laborious at times”, he stressed.