The President of the Distinguished Scholars of Africa, Nana Oppong has entreated the media to be factual in their reportage before, during and after the 2020 General Elections.
Mr. Oppong also advised the citizenry to “stay away of trouble” that will lead to violence before, during or after the Dec. 7 polls.
Speaking at a day’s media engagement in Accra yesterday, the President of the Distinguished Scholars of Africa highlighted the important role of the press as well as the citizens to ensure a violence free elections and lawful transition after the 2020 general elections.
“We should all be recognizing the distinct possibility that peaceful and lawful transition demand active and conscious efforts by all peace loving people and other interests groups,” he entreated.
The President of the Distinguished Scholars of Africa further explained the roles citizens must play to ensure a Legitimate Open Verifiable Elections (LOVE) which in turn leads to Securing Amicable Lawful Transition (SALT) Roles of the media and citizens.
Nana Oppong was of the view that the major role required by the media in this crucial election is by reporting nothing than factual and accurate reportage to ensuring that citizens do not have a shred of doubts about the outcome of the polls.
“Journalists and media outfits should present facts and not assumptions to citizens this is the only surest way to maintain the peace and harmony Ghana has enjoyed under the fourth republican Constitutional rule” he reiterated.
The President of the Distinguished Scholars of Africa called for the need to ensure mutual respect among citizens hence discouraging the politics of insults and encouraged all parties to commit to peaceful resolution of elections related issues.
Meanwhile the Projects and Programs Special at the Anti – Corruption Institute, Mr. Isaac Abrokwa called for the need to amend the 1992 Constitution to address key issues that threaten Ghana’s democratic governance.
According to him as long as judges are appointed by the president or the ruling party or as long as the security, finances and tenure of judges are in the hands of the President or the ruling party, the courts can be manipulated to rule in favour of the President or of the ruling party.
He went further to explain that they ought to be supreme Special Forces of the state for the defence of the people’s wishes which are independent of the President and of the ruling party. The main responsibility of the Special Forces would be to remove a person or party from office after a free and fair election in which he or the party loses.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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