Ghana facing ethnic challenges in upcoming elections

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Ghanaian politicians playing the ethnic card have been labeled as threats to national unity and enemies of progress and Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani East, Mr. Joseph Henry Mensah, has asked Ghanaians not to vote for such persons, reports claim.

Reports claim that the opposition party to the incumbent government have been playing the ethnicity card in their recent campaigns, demanding power for people of their ethnicity. In his address to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters in Sunyani, during an official inauguration of all youth wings of the party in the Sunyani East Constituency, Mr. Joseph Mensah appealed to the supporters of the NPP, to be modest in their campaign messages, and refrain from the use of abusive and intemperate language.

Noting that election was not about war, but a democratic process whereby decisions are taken by virtue of the ballot box, Mr. J. H. Mensah also said ‘Divide and rule tactics is not the portion of our dear country Ghana, so we must eschew discrimination in all our activities, to move the country forward in unity’. therefore, tolerance should be the key word of every Ghanaian, to ensure a peaceful election, for the fifth time in the history of the country.

Mr. Mensah, who is also the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), said he was certain that the NPP would retain power in the December polls, because of its exceptional track record of developing the nation, as well as the attainment of economic stability, within eight years of governance.

He said President J. A. Kufuor had laid a solid foundation for the development of the nation, which required another NPP administration to build the structure for Ghanaians to experience better conditions of life.

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