The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has charged the Electoral Commission (EC) to remain fair and unbiased in the build up to the 2020 general elections.
The Bishops in their 2020 Lenten Pastoral Letter say it is expedient for the EC to give every political party a fair and a level playing ground before, during and after the elections.
On the issue of political vigilantism, the Bishops call on stakeholders in the political space to continue to use the Inter Party Advisory Committee sessions to resolve their differences.
The letter in possession of ABC News said ”We call on the Electoral Commission (EC) to remain an unbiased umpire in order to restore confidence in the electoral system. It should not be the case of “he who pays the piper calls the tune”. It is urged to conduct free, fair and transparent elections,”
”All the political parties are to be given a fair and level playing ground to contest the upcoming elections. We appeal to all political parties and their members to support and respect the independence and verdicts of the Electoral Commission. We encourage all the stakeholders to continue to use the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) sessions to engage the EC on their grievances,” the Bishops said.
The Bishops are also calling on President Akufo-Addo to ensure the security of citizens in an environment free from unnecessary fear and intimidation ahead of the general elections.
”We appeal to the President of the Republic of Ghana and the security agencies to provide the necessary and conducive environment devoid of fear, intimidation and hooliganism. When people are not sure of their safety, they will not risk their lives to vote. Every human life is sacrosanct and needs to be protected,” the letter added.