THE Flag Bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has expressed the party’s commitment to ensure a peaceful general election in December this year.
He added that the opposition NDC will not use any vigilante group to cause disturbances in the December 7 polls.
A statement signed by the party’s Campaign Spokesperson, Mr James Agyenim-Boateng, said Mr Mahama made the commitment when he addressed the chiefs and people of Mepe in the North Tongu Constituency last Monday to kick-start his four-day tour of the Volta Region.
The statement, however, noted with concern the posture of the government about its commitment to a violent-free election in December.
“In December, we will go for an election and we want our election to be non-violent, and we in the NDC are peaceful people. But our opponents have a tendency for violence and they have displayed it at any given opportunity,” it claimed.
The statement recounted how some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who chased out a judge in a court in Kumasi were given just a slap on the wrist and those who perpetrated the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence continued to walk free of charge.
It also recalled how some members of the NDC were attacked at Banda during the recent voters registration exercise leading to the death of one person, adding, “we have a whole minister claiming that she fired a gunshot at Kasoa during the registration exercise and nothing has happened”.
“So when you look at all these things you can predict what they will do in the December election. Officials of the party have said that Ayawaso West Wuogon was a dress rehearsal and that the real thing is going to be on voting day,” it further alleged.
The statement, however, urged members and supporters of the party in various communities to protect ballot boxes to guarantee the integrity of the polls.
“We commit the ballot boxes in your hands that you ensure that nobody comes to destroy them at your polling stations because your vote must count,” it added.
The statement also encouraged the people to turn out in their numbers to vote for the NDC that has repect for all ethnic groups, will ensure inclusion, unity, jobs and tolerance.
It also said job creation would be a major plank of a new NDC government in 2021.
Addressing gathering of various interest groups at Battor in the North Tongu Constituency last Monday, Mr Mahama said the most critical thing the people needed now was jobs.
The former President said the country cannot afford to have young people graduate into a jobless economy, adding that an NDC government in 2021 would roll out one million sustainable and decent jobs over a four-year period.
According to the statement, an NDC government would also offer free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for the youth to acquire employable skills.
Mr Mahama further promised to complete abandoned hospitals, roads, as well as the remainder of the 200 Community day senior high schools started by the previous NDC government.