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Christian Council to pastors: Preach unity, thank God for peaceful polls

The Council is also advising Christians to desist from the use of various political party paraphernalia to church as a way of celebrating

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  • "The CCG also wish to state that, for the sake of peace, unity, and national cohesion, Christians should not put-on political party paraphernalia to church on Sunday. We encourage pastors to use the coming Sunday to thank God for peaceful elections and to preach unity among Ghanaians."

The Christian Council  of Ghana (CCG) is asking pastors to use their pulpit to thank God for a peaceful election and also preach unity among Ghanaians on Sunday.

The Council is advising Christians to desist from the use of various political paraphernalia to church as a way of celebrating the victory of their political party.

A statement issued and signed by its General Secretary Rev Dr Cyril Fayose said: “The CCG also wish to state that, for the sake of peace, unity, and national cohesion, Christians should not put-on political party paraphernalia to church on Sunday. We encourage pastors to use the coming Sunday to thank God for peaceful elections and to preach unity among Ghanaians.”

It has therefore admonished supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to avoid comments that can trigger violence with supporters of National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“We therefore urge supporters of the winning (NPP) candidate to celebrate moderately and avoid comments that can inflame violence with political opponents. We also appeal to supporters of the losing candidate (NDC) to accept the loss graciously,” the CCG statement said.

The Declaration

The chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, on Wednesday declared Akufo-Addo the winner of the 2020 presidential elections, after defeating John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.

Akufo-Addo won by 51.59% of the total votes cast as against Mahama’s 6,214,889 representing 47.36%. Akufo-Addo polled a total of 6,70,413 votes out of the total votes of 13,119, 460.

Crowds of jubilant supporters took to the  streets in Accra and other parts of the nation to celebrate the victory of the 76-year-old New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader.

Akufo-Addo defeated John Mahama by 53.8% to 44.4% in the 2012 election.

Ghana’s elections have been historically close, with Mahama narrowly winning against Akufo-Addo in 2012 with 50.7%. In that elections, Akufo-Addo unsuccessfully challenged Mahama’s victory in the courts.

However, the minority NDC has since rejected the 2020 results, describing the election as full of irregularities in some parts of the country.

Fred Dzakpata

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