Ghanaians have been urged to learn useful lessons from countries devastated by political conflicts and wars to avoid any pitfalls as the nation readied to go to polls.
Commissioner of Police (COP) James Oppong Boanuh, Director-General in-charge of Services, said it was important for all to accept to work together to protect the peace.
He was delivering the “Osagyefo memorial lecture two” – instituted by the chiefs and people in Dormaa-Ahenkro in honour of two celebrated personalities – their deceased Omanhene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang-Badu I, and the Reverend Professor Augustine Kwabena Anno-yeaboah, Founder of the Christian Praise International Church (CPIC).
“Preserving our cultural heritage and incident- free election: The Role of Dormaaman” was the theme chosen for this year’s event.
The lecture was jointly organized by the Dormaa Municipal Assembly and the Dormaa Students Union.
COP Boanuh said everybody had a part to play to make sure that the peace and stability of the nation was neither threatened nor disturbed.
He spoke of the need for tolerance and responsible conduct to remove tension and avoid violence.
He counseled the political parties and their supporters to properly educate themselves on the electoral laws and abide by them.
He repeated the warning by the police to deal firmly with all trouble makers for smooth and successful conduct of the polls.
COP Boanuh invited religious bodies to do more to use their enormous influence with the people to aid them to get right with the law.
He also asked journalists to exercise good judgement and to maintain high standards of professionalism to keep the political temperature low.
Mr. Gordon Asubonteng, the Dormaa Central Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said the Municipal Security Council had taken steps to safeguard the peace.