The National Peace Council has said that it is not going to be the mouthpiece of any political party in the Ghana as the nation heads into the Presidential and Parliamentary polls this year in December.
The statement by the National Peace Council comes after the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) labelled the Council as a ‘hypocritical’ body for not openly condemning the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for what they say are acts of violence at registration centres.
George Opare Addo, the National Youth Organiser of the NDC, at a press conference, said “Anytime there are issues, instead of them condemning the NPP for act of violence because of how they behave they end up adding the NDC to it, we will not accept it and we are telling them if the NPP is perpetuating violence and they can’t call them to order nobody should call anybody in the NDC to order.”
However, the Chairman of the Peace Council Reverend Emmanuel Asante, reacting to comments on an Accra-based radio station on Saturday, said the Council is surprised by the attacks.
“This is not a new thing, when NPP were in opposition they were saying same things about the council. National Peace Council is a mediator we don’t do propaganda. Exaggeration is an aspect of propaganda too. We cannot take sides. We have people all over the place so we have the full picture, the person who spoke on that platform cannot say he knows everything. You can’t expect us to take sides. We receive reports of both sides and both have cases to answer,” he said.
He noted: “People want me to do their political propaganda for them and I’m not prepared to do that. The NPC will not be a political party, we will rather stand in the middle and help maintain peace”.