The Minority Women Caucus has appealed to religious institutions, including the Chief Imam's office, to take on the role of mediation and ensure peace in the lead-up to, during, and after the 2024 general elections.
Ms Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe, the National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Ada and Second Vice Chair for the Women's Caucus of Parliament, conveyed this message during a courtesy visit to Sheikh Dr Nuhu Osman Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, at his residence on Wednesday.
“In the spirit of unity and progress, we seek your esteemed intervention in the upcoming general elections. This noble call is to prevent dozens of incidents of electoral violence, a case in point during the 2020 general election that resulted in the death of five innocent Ghanaians with 100 others sustaining various degrees of injuries,” Ms Cudjoe stated.
The Women's Caucus believes that the guidance and influence of religious leaders, particularly the Chief Imam, can play a pivotal role in fostering a peaceful and transparent electoral process.
They implored the Chief Imam to leverage his esteemed position to advocate for a fair and violence-free election, preserving the untarnished democratic values of the nation.
Ms Cudjoe praised the Chief Imam's leadership in promoting harmony and understanding among different communities, expressing confidence that his involvement in the electoral process would significantly contribute to a more peaceful and inclusive democratic exercise.
During the visit, the Women's Caucus made a donation of GH¢10,000.00 and 40 bags of rice to the Chief Imam.
In response, Sheikh Dr. Nuhu Osman Sharabutu acknowledged the timeliness of their call for peace, pledging his support to their endeavour.
The Chief Imam expressed gratitude for the gesture, emphasizing the paramount importance of peace and harmony in the country.