Election 2016 Catholic bishops throw weight behind EC

The bishops support for the commission comes after the EC disqualified 13 presidential aspirants from the 2016 elections.

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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference On Friday threw its support behind the Electoral Commission (EC) as it commended the commission for taking steps to ensure a free and fair December vote.

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“We commend the Electoral Commission for all the measures it has put in place to ensure peaceful, free, fair, transparent, and credible elections,” the Catholic bishops said in a  communiqué signed by President of the Conference Most Reverend Philip Naameh, who is also the Archbishop of Tamale.

“We strongly urge that the Commission should be provided with all the logistics necessary for the elections. “We call on Ghanaians to repose trust and confidence in the work of the Electoral Commission throughout the period of elections,” the communiqué said.

The bishops support for the commission comes after the EC disqualified 13 presidential aspirants from the 2016 elections.

The disqualification drew a furious response from some of the disqualified candidates.

The Progressive People's Party has dragged the commission to the court to get the decision reversed.

Nana Konadu's National Democratic Party is also expected to drag the EC to the court on Monday over her disqualification.

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The communiqué  also urged presidential nominees to be measured in the promises they make if they "know they cannot fulfil, because this amounts to deceiving the people of Ghana.”

“We urge them to avoid hate-filled statements and expressions that threaten revenge and vendetta,” the statement added.

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