The National Peace Council has described as unfortunate and premature, the New Patriotic Party's press conference which it said, sought to suggest that its flagbearer had won the 2012 general elections.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Centre in Accra on Saturday, Chairman of the Council, Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante said the comments had the likelihood "plunging the nation into chaos."
"While congratulating the peaceful conduct of all, we wish to draw your attention to the unfortunate press conference by the General Secretary of the NPP which urged members of the party to start celebrating. The National Peace Council considers this subtle declaration as, not only premature, but inconsistent with the law which mandates only the EC to declare electoral results in this country."
According to the clergyman, the National Peace Council was thus calling on "all persons and individuals to exercise restraint in their handling of election results and wish to the media not to offer their platform for such premature declaration which are likely to undermine the credibility of the elections and also plunge our peaceful country into chaos. And I believe that we all will want to live in a peaceful country."
In his opinion, the current situation in the country was very fragile and thus the NPP should not be seen to be undermining the mandate of the EC.
We are living in a very sensitive time that calls for restraint in the way we deal with the election results. We must therefore be seen to undermine the mandate of the EC.
He was however quick to congratulate the media and the security services for the manner in which they had covered the election.
By: Philip Kofi Ashon/citifmonline.com/Ghana