Keep calm amidst post-election tensions – Pentecostal Council urges Ghanaians

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The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council is calling on all Ghanaians to remain calm amidst the post-election agitations in the country.

According to the Council, the call follows several demonstrations by followers of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) rejection of the 2020 general election results which they have tag as flawed.

In a statement signed by its General Secretary, Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah, the Council said calm must be restored to ensure peace in the country.

“The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), has over the Iast few days after the declaration of the December 7, Presidential election result observed some unfortunate development in the political environments that border on peace, security, and stability of our nation with grave concerns and would wish to call the attention of all stakeholders to the following issues with the view to addressing them to avoid, monition of the already tensed environment”, the statement said.

The council also encouraged the losing party to consider the constitutional option of proceeding to the court with all evidence gathered, to seek a review of the decision of the Electoral Commission.

Below is the full statement

CALL FOR CALMNESS BY ALL GHANAIANS IN THE CURRENT POST-ELECTION AGITATIONS

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), has over the Iast few days after the declaration of the December 7, Presidential election result observed some unfortunate development in the political environments that border on peace, security, and stability of our nation with grave concerns and would wish to call the attention of all stakeholders to the following issues with the view to addressing them to avoid, monition of the already tensed environment.

1.. The rights to peaceful demonstrations by. aggrieved parties to the electoral dispute must be upheld and protected by the security agencies. especially Ghana Police Service without any hindrances. While calling on the security agencies to remain professional and be measured in their responses to acts of indiscipline by demonstrators in these tensed moments. we arc equally calling on all aggrieved parties to be responsible in the exercise of their constitutional rights to demonstrate peacefully without disturbing the peace of the country.

2. In the same vein, we wish to encourage the losing parties to strongly consider the constitutional option of proceeding to the Supreme Court with all the evidence they gathered to seek a review of the decision of the EC. While at this we also wish to appeal to the leadership of the losing parties to call on their supporters nationwide to be circumspect and responsible in the exercise of their rights to free expression and demonstration without the destruction of lives and properties, for we have only one nation to live in.

3. To the victorious party, the Council wishes to appeal to them to be measured in their celebrations in order not to provoke their opponents to violent retaliatory responses.

4. Finally, we wish to call on all our member Churches and by extension all peace•loving Ghanaians not to relent in their prayer efforts by continually praying congregationally and individually until calmness is restored to all parts of the country.

God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong. Long live Ghana!

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