This growing phenomenon of political violence has already led to deaths and destruction of several properties, and has become a major threat to our growing democracy and national peace ahead of the 2016 general elections.
We are of the firm belief that politics is about influence. Politicians must be able to convince people to follow them and do their bidding through ideologies and internal political structures as enshrined in our Constitution.
Our politicians must demonstrate their strength and influence by their ability to dialogue and engage others based on ideas, rather than mobilizing people to insult, attack and to some extent kill in their quest to exert their authority.
The use of coercion by some politicians to have their way on matters that are not in their favor is extremely frightening. It is now obvious that, people who challenge those who are perceived to be untouchable within the political circles are not safe.
This is gradually creating a culture of silence and fear in our body politics and it is dangerous for our democracy.
We, therefore, call on the various political parties, Electoral Commission, Ghana Police Service and other stakeholders to immediately take efforts to address political violence in the country as we prepare for the 2016 general elections.
As a council, we will continue to use our various platforms to educate our members and the general public on the need to use dialogue and the legal structures to address their concerns, and eschew violence.
In the same vein, we are ready to facilitate mediation and peace building within our body politics whenever necessary.
We will continue to pray for God’s blessings and protection for our nation as we prepare for the 2016 general elections.
Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong