Tuesday, September 23, 2008


THE National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary aspirant for the Tain Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, has urged the Ministry of Information and National Orientation to equip the Information Service Department (ISD) with films of the ravages and atrocities of election-related civil wars on the African continent and elsewhere, to serve as a deterrent to those beating the war drum in the country, in connection with the forthcoming elections.
The NDC parliamentary hopeful said this when he took his turn at a forum organised for parliamentary aspirants of the various political parties in the Tain District by the Badu Students Union (BASU) at Badu.
According to Mr Ibrahim, the showing of such films at this crucial period when the nation was preparing for another general election on December 7 would give the people the true picture of wars associated with elections.
“It is time the ISD showed films such as the conflicts in Kenya, Cote d’Iviore and elsewhere that erupted as a result of elections as well as the recent violence at Gushegu in the Northern Region to help Ghanaians say no to all forms of violence that could disturb the peace and stability of the nation before, during and after the general elections”, he stressed.
Mr Ibrahim further stated that it was time that politicians stopped controlling the activities of government departments and agencies in the country whose duties were clearly stipulated in the 1992 Republican Constitution to help them discharge their duties without fear or favour.
He noted with grave concern that it was not the delight of the people for the ISD to be showing films concerning the past, which had no bearing on the forward march of the country.
The Tain NDC Parliamentary aspirant continued that the significance of the ISD would be conspicuous if attention was given to issues directly related to society rather than films, which according to him, had no relevance to the present and future generations.
For his part Mr John Kwame Duku, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) parliamentary aspirant for Tain, appealed to the electorate to shun politicians who sought to create violence in the society through their utterances and actions.
He also urged the youth to shun any politician who incited them to violence, and urged such individuals or groups of persons not to let their wives, husbands and children foment trouble before, during and after the elections so as to safeguard the peace and stability of the nat
Mr Suala Faaki, the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) Parliamentary aspirant for Tain, who also addressed the forum urged the electorate to try the DPP this time around since they had better policies for the socio-economic advancement of the country.
The incumbent Member of Parliament for Tain, Mr Joe Danquah, and two independent parliamentary aspirants, Mr Richard Obour and Thomas Nsowah-Adjei, did not turn up for the forum.
When contacted, Mr Obour said he received the invitation at short notice, while Mr Nsowah-Adjei said he was not invited at all. The incumbent MP, Mr Danquah, did not however assign any reason for his failure to attend the programme.

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