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Speaker of Parliament and Ecumenical Bodies in Volta organise prayer session for peaceful elections


By Jones Anlimah

The Speaker of Parliament, in collaboration with ecumenical bodies in the Volta region, has organised a prayer session to seek divine protection and guidance as Ghana enters the electioneering period and prepares for the upcoming elections.

The session, themed “Ghana Must Rise Again” and inspired by Micah 7:8, underscored the need for national unity and peace before, during, and after elections in 2024.

The prayer session brought together religious leaders, government officials, and residents within the Ho municipality of the Volta region in a collective effort to seek God’s intervention for a smooth and peaceful election period. 

According to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, and the ecumenical bodies in the Volta region, the initiative reflects the country’s commitment to preserving stability and fostering a spirit of cooperation among all stakeholders in the country’s democratic dispensation.

The event themed “Ghana Must Rise Again” highlighted the importance of maintaining the prevailing peace in Ghana, urging citizens to play a crucial role in ensuring a peaceful election process.

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, expressed deep appreciation for the collaborative efforts of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, and the ecumenical bodies in organising the prayer session. He noted that it was imperative that Ghanaians seek divine guidance and protection as the country approaches this critical period in the nation’s democratic journey.

“I want to assure the Speaker of Parliament that this will not be the end; we will continue to pray. I know that many of you pray for Ghana daily. And I have always challenged Christians that it is our responsibility to pray for our leaders, and this initiative is a laudable one; we applaud it and we give it all the support,” Dr. Letsa remarked.

The Deputy Clerk of Parliament, Mr. Ebenezer Djietror, called on Ghanaians to commit to upholding the values of democracy and work together to maintain the harmony that has long been the hallmark of the country in the sub-region. 

He noted that the initiative, which is the brainchild of the Speaker of Parliament, will be replicated in all regions to drum home the need to maintain peace in Ghana. “We represent various tribes, various people, various cultures, various political parties, and various authorities, but the common denominator is that we recognise that it’s not by might, not by power, but by his spirit. We will pray, humble themselves, repent of their sins, turn back from their wicked ways, and when you call upon me, I will hear their voice and I will heal their land,” Mr. Djietror charged, urging Christians not to underestimate the power of prayers.

Members of Parliament as well as the clergy took turns signing a peace flag to commit to peaceful elections in the region.

Prayers were said for the presidency, the legislature, the judiciary, the security agencies, stakeholders in the 2024 elections, and the general conduct of the upcoming elections.

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