Election 2016 This election is beginning to look volatile - EC

According to the EC, the political environment currently appears tensed and might degenerate into violence if the situation is not checked.

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The chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) has warned political parties and the general public against the use of intemperate language ahead of the December polls.

According to her, the political environment currently appears tensed and might degenerate into violence if the situation is not checked.

She said the commission has identified some 81 flashpoints in the country ahead of the elections.

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Speaking at a colloquium on peaceful elections in Ghana on Wednesday, September 7, chairperson of the EC, Charlotte Osei said the media should be blamed for allowing political analysts and serial callers to set the agenda every day.

“… We are going into elections where one party believes it must win and the other believes it cannot lose. However, it’s a contest where there is going to be one winner and many losers so in spite of all the preparations and the experience we have, this election is beginning to look like a volatile event if we do not [manage the process better],” she said.

The EC Chairperson added that: “One of the key ways in ensuring peaceful democracy and a stable one is to have a strong independent media and Ghana is voted 26 out of the 180 countries in terms of press freedom. So although we have an independent and free media, the political discourse in the media especially in the local language is very [bad] and we have serial callers and political analysts, who set the agenda every day. Rather than creating the recipe for a stable democracy, even the strength of the media and their accessibility is beginning to create problems for our democratic culture”.

She further called on party leaders to condemn the actions and the bad behaviour of their supporters when necessary, as the country’s security matters ahead of the elections.

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