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Christian Council condemns ‘tit for tat’ violence approach suggested by NDC to members

The Christian Council of Ghana has condemned suggestions by the opposition National Democratic Congress that its members must adopt various protective mechanisms in the ongoing voter registration exercise even if it means members of the party must get violent.

According to the Council, there are institutions in the country mandated to enforce law and order, therefore, parties must allow such institutions and the laws of the country to work.

“I will urge my brothers in the opposition to exercise patience and everything will work out well,” Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayose said Wednesday on Top Story.

His comments come after the NDC accused Police authorities of failing to protect its members against violent acts in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

Director of elections for the NDC Elvis Afriyie Ankrah indicated that the police on various occasions have failed to protect members of the party, therefore, members must adopt all forms of defense mechanisms even if it means getting violent.

“Take whatever means to defend yourselves,” Mr. Afriyie Ankrah urged. The Christian Council nonetheless does not agree with the party on these comments.

“The Christian Council is not in agreement with that rule. If we take that step, what is going to happen is that there will be anarchy; we’ll all go around carrying our pistols and that’s not the right thing to do,” Rev. Dr. Fayose said.

He however insisted that security agencies must work to ensure that the laws of the land are enforced devoid of any biases.

“We believe that we have institutions in this country that have been established to take care of such situations. So I believe we must trust in that apparatus and if that apparatus is seen to be weak and not doing what it is supposed to do then we must call them to task and ask them to do what they have to do and not take the law into our own hands. I don’t think that is a right call at this time,” he said.

The Council further called for the arrest and prosecution of persons found to be guilty of perpetrating violence in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise.

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