Accra, Nov. 17, GNA – The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has called on political parties to show exemplary leadership by asserting their authority over their supporters.
It said the concept of multi-party democracy was a contest of ideas and ideologies where different political parties worked and managed affairs of the state for the wellbeing and interest of its people.
The commission also condemned the act of violence that characterized the electoral processes such as the limited voter registration exercise, and transfer of vote.
It condemned insults and attacks in the media and violent clashes between the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party, and called on the Ghana Police Service to ensure the maintenance of law and order fairly in the run-up to the elections.
The NCCE, which observed the International World Tolerance Day, explained that tolerance was the acceptance, respect and appreciation of diversity of the world’s rich culture fostered by knowledge, openness, conscience and belief, communication and freedom of thought.
Tolerance, it said, also contributed to the replacement of the culture of war with a culture of peace.
“Tolerance is not only a cherished principle but also a virtue and a necessity for peace, cohesion, economic and social advancement of all peoples,” it said, adding that it was the willingness to appreciate and understand another’s view point and respect for the rights and beliefs of others, which was fundamental to democratic growth, stability and success of the nation.
“Citizens are to note that the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice, abandonment or weakening of one’s conviction, but means one is free to adhere to his own convictions and accept that of others.
“It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.”
The commission entreated Ghanaians to tolerate divergent views, live in harmony with one another and foster national unity as enjoined by Article 41 (c) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
Citizens must show tolerance and an appreciation for the fundamental human rights of other people even as they enjoy their individual rights as citizens and residents of Ghana.
According to the NCCE, Ghana has been revered as the beacon of African democracy and oasis of peace in the sub-region, and must hold fast to it and work towards ensuring peace before, during and after the presidential and parliamentary elections.
It assured Ghanaians of continuous and relentless efforts in the performance of its constitutional mandate to educate all citizens on their rights and obligations to embrace tolerance.