Seventh-Day Adventist Church proposes change in Ghana’s election date

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Seventh-Day Adventist Church proposes change in Ghana's election date: Ghana News

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has submitted a petition to the and the , proposing an amendment to the date of the general elections scheduled for December 7, 2024.

, in its petition, cited a conflict with their Sabbath, observed on Saturdays, which is a day dedicated to worship.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is recommending the adoption of either “the first (1st) or second (2nd) Tuesday of November” as the new date for the general elections.

emphasizes the need for this change to be codified to safeguard the freedom of Adventists to observe their holy day.

James Kwabena Bomfeh, Deputy Head of Religious Liberty at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, explained the rationale behind the proposal in an interview with .

He pointed out that the suggested change would allow sufficient time for transition processes and enable traditional worshippers, who typically refrain from farm work on Tuesdays, to participate more actively in the elections.

“We will have a day, therefore, in this sense, Tuesday, where in the traditional society, those who go to the farm relieve themselves of duties and stay at home; those who go fishing stay at home to also rest and participate massively in the elections,” Bomfeh stated.

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