By William Sarpong
All African Students Union has taken upon themselves to embark on Anti-Electoral Violence Nationwide Rallies dubbed “STUDENTS FOR PEACE 2016”
This was disclosed by the Secretary General of All African Students Union, Mr. Fred Awaah at a press conference at the Association of Africa University in Accra.
According to the Secretary General, their concerns as students, was the current state of security and peace ahead of the impending seventh Presidential and Parliamentary general elections.
He noted that the role of students as an integral part of the African society in ensuring and maintaining relative peace cannot be overestimated.
Mr. Awaah pointed out that the key factors that attract students and for that matter the youth to engage in electoral violence has been; Godfatherism /Negative mentorship; Financial inducement; Tribal incitements; Religious incitements; General youthful exuberance and experimentations; Peer pressure and the Decline in morale standards.
“In line with the above, we are embarking on regional tours of the 10 regions of Ghana ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections as per the schedules calendar”.
Mr. Awaah urge the youth to resist any attempt to use them by politicians to create violence in the country, before, during and after election.
However, the following are schedules for AASU; Monday October 3: Volta Region Thursday October 6: Eastern Region;Monday October 10: Western Region Thursday October 13: Central Region; Monday October 17: Ashanti Region Thursday October 20: Brong Ahafo Region; Monday October 24: Northern Region Thursday October 27: Upper East Region; Monday October 31: Upper West Region Thursday November 1: Great Accra Region.
He said it is their prayer and wish that the voices of students in the country is added to the numerous concerns raised by all well-meaning Ghanaians to have a violence – free election. “This exercise is a clear demonstration that as students we are opposed to any person or group of people who are relying on our patronage to foment violence and to this we say ‘STUDENTS FOR PEACE 2016”.