Election 2016: Peace Council warns of potential violence in Ashanti Region

votingThe Ashanti Regional Peace Council is warning of a potential outbreak of violent conflict in the region ahead of the 2016 elections.

The Council says uninformed and politically explosive commentary in the media is fuelling political tension.

President of the Regional Peace Council, Prof. Seth Opuni Asiama says the council will soon meet all media houses in the region to explore ways of dealing with the problem.

He spoke to Luv News at a consultative training programme for members of the regional peace council on conflict resolution.

According to him, “We all know that the NPP has a strong hold in Ashanti but the NDC also has a strong presence so when you listen to some of the things that people say on radio, you should be careful.”

“If it is an NDC man talking, he is inflaming he passions of the NPP people and vice versa and it is not good for our region”, Prof Asiama added.

This situation, according to him, is very dangerous and must be addressed before 2016.

He was hopeful that the support of the media will help the Council resolve some of these issues.

“As a Peace Council, we believe that the first step to take this year is to engage the media in the Ashanti Region”, he said.

He also noted that it was essential for political parties and civil society organisations to educate themselves on the repercussions of failing to address these issues before 2016.

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