They pledged to use their energies productively to contribute towards development of the region and the country as a whole rather than causing violence.

This was captured in a communiqué issued in Tamale after a day’s forum organised by the Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL) in collaboration with Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID), Youth Network for Sustainable Development (YNSD) and the National Youth Authority.

The communiqué was signed by leaders of YEfL, CALID and YNSD.

The forum, on the theme: “One Ghana, One People- Youth Must Act For Peace,” was attended by 200 youth drawn from all parts of the region to engage and decide on an advocacy message to be presented to government and other key stakeholders in youth development.

It identified especially party youth activists as being among the major perpetrators and instigators of violence during elections, hence the need for the youth to advocate peaceful polls this year.

According to the communiqué, the youth also pledged to be tolerant and encourage expression of divergent views – be it political, religious or ethnic sentiments, to avoid confrontations that could trigger conflict in the region.

They gave the assurance that they would resort to the use non-confrontational means such as dialogue in settling their differences or disputes.

The youth therefore, requested that the media show restraint in their reportage before, during and after the elections by exhibiting circumspection and responsible reporting, observing rigorously their journalistic code of ethics.

They also requested that political parties in the region to endeavour to sign a peace pact and go by it.

“Politicians need to be mindful of the choice and use of words since those utterances could positively or negatively influence their followers.”

The youth reminded all that they are one people regardless of their party affiliations.

They said: “National patriotism should therefore be our unifying factor that cuts across the political divide.”

They requested: “The youth in other parts of the country to add their voices to ours to ensure peaceful and credible electoral process.

“There should be no interference in the work of the security services to safeguard the prevailing peace.”

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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