Ghana's Supreme Court where the hearing of the Election petition case is taking place
The West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP-Ghana) has advised the election petitioners and respondents at the Supreme Court to view the process as a means of addressing the challenges of the electoral system.
According to WANEP-Ghana, it should not be a win-lose contest.
The National Network Coordinator of WANEP-Ghana, Justin Bayor, made the statement as part of the organization's quarterly alert brief.
It called on stakeholders to educate the public, especially youth, to be civil and avoid taking positions publicly on the outcome of the petition.
“In this regard, parties and factions should discourage statements that might provoke… violence,” it said.
The statement appealed to the Supreme Court for due diligence in resolving the election petition dispute promptly, justly and in the interest of the nation.
The statement added that under the period under review, a total of 96 violence-related incidents were recorded by their early-warning system.
WANEP-Ghana said the increasing number of meetings of politically affiliated groups, which act as pressure and accountability groups, is becoming a worrying phenomenon.
It noted that public pronouncements by members of the key parties in court have the tendency to create mistrust in the process, discredit the outcome and could promote the potential for violence.