The Bolgatanga Area of The Church of Pentecost has launched its ‘Agent of Peace’ campaign in an effort to maintain peace and security in the Bolgatanga municipality in the run-up to the 2020 general election.
The event, which took place on October 29, 2020, at the Bukere Central assembly, started with a peace march and broadcast in the principal streets of the municipality using the Evangelism cinema van with a cross-section of the ministers and members of the church holding placards with various peace messages.
Speaking at the event, the Bolgatanga Area Head, Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman, advised residents to do their possible best to preserve the peace in the country, avoid unnecessary arguments and abusive language, especially on political platforms.
He ended his address with scripture from 1 Peter 3:8-11, encouraging the citizenry to be of one mind, have compassion for one another, love as brothers, be courteous, and not returning evil for evil.
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the Peace Council admonished residents to observe the principles of peaceful co-existence, accommodate divergent political views from other political opponents, avoid anything discriminatory and not allow politicians to use them or any of their relatives to create violence before, during, and after elections.
The Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), on his part, schooled the participants on the electoral processes in the build-up to the December 7 elections. He pledged the EC’s commitment to adhering to all the electoral laws and procedures in its zeal to conduct free, fair, and transparent elections.
The Parliamentary candidates for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) also took turns to pledge peace before, during, and after the general elections.
The Regional Chief Imam’s representative indicated that the Zongo communities have advised themselves not to be used as conduits for disturbances, chaos, and anarchy in the build-up to the elections.
The programme ended with a prayer for the nation and the upcoming elections. In all, about 350 people were in attendance.
Report by Bolga Area Media Team.