Coalition of CSOs caution Ghanaians against religious, tribal politics ahead of December polls

By: Randy Edudzi Ahadzi | ignewss| Accra

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in a joint press conference have issuing a strong warning to the country, particularly voters, regarding the emergence of tribal and religious bigotry comments ahead of the upcoming general election in December.

The conference, organized under the initiative “Safeguarding Our Democracy,” highlighted concerns and cautioned Ghanaians to be vigilant against developments that could threaten peaceful coexistence in the country.

Mr. Richard Kasu, the executive director of the coalition, expressed deep concerns about escalating tensions in the political atmosphere characterized by misinformation, disinformation, and the prominence of tribal and religious sentiments.

Kasu emphasized the enduring presence of “religious divisions and ethnic identities as potential sources of conflict in Africa,” drawing attention to historical consequences witnessed on the continent.

Referencing tragic incidents such as the Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, Kasu urged Ghanaians to be wary of similar sentiments.

In a move to address unhealthy comments that raise concern, the group condemned a viral video featuring Hon. Ali Suraj, a staunch member of the New Patriotic Party and a representative of the Asutifi South Constituency, urging fellow Muslims to vote for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

The CSOs called on the ruling party and Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia to urgently disassociate themselves from the religious bigotry statement made by one of their own.

They emphasized the need for leaders with qualities such as integrity, vision, credibility, honesty, and competence, rather than selecting leaders solely based on shared faith.

The coalition drew the attention of key religious stakeholders, including the National Peace Council, Office of the National Chief Imam, Christian Council, Bishop Conference, Islamic Clerics, and peace advocates, urging them to condemn the NPP if the party fails to disassociate itself from the member’s unfortunate statement.

Prominent CSOs, including Community Focus Foundation Gh. (CFF-GH) and Democratic Credentials Network Ghana (DCN-Ghana), assured the Ghanaian people of their continued engagement with the political class and state institutions, including the Electoral Commission (EC), to ensure that the upcoming general elections are held freely and fairly, producing a credible outcome accepted by all citizens.


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