John Kufuor and Jerry Rawlings

Former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and incumbent President John Evans Atta Mills are scheduled to be honoured this year for their various roles in the country’s democratic process at a programme dubbed ‘Celebrating 20 years of peaceful democracy in Ghana (1992-2012)’ slated for June 14, 2012 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Organizers of the event, Pure Creations limited, a strategic marketing communication agency said “the aim of the event is to educate the populace on political tolerance, peaceful elections and electoral violence.”

It would equally be used to recognize institutions, politicians, distinguished statesmen and women and corporate Ghana who contributed their quota towards achieving a peaceful and democratic nation.

It is therefore putting together an art and photo exhibition dubbed, ‘Portrait Of The Johns’ to celebrate two decades of peaceful democracy in Ghana (1992-2012).

They would be honoured for their contributions toward the growth and maintenance of Ghana’s democracy.

The arts include autographed portraits of selected high-profile citizens, past and present presidents, as well as ministers.

There would also be awards for Ministers and citizens who excelled both in government and outside government within the period under review and awardees would be chosen by the public through polls in the dailies and on the internet.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pure Creations, Paul Boateng said “the main objective of the event is to celebrate 20 years of peaceful democracy in Ghana, honour and highlight the achievements of the various heads of state that have served during the period, honour other individuals and institutions that contributed to building peaceful and stronger democracy.”

“Bringing President Kufuor, President Rawlings and President Mills at a single event to promote peace and unity as we prepare for both parliamentary and presidential elections, we believe, will foster a sense of unity among Ghanaians,” he noted.

As election 2012 approaches, he noted that the event will serve as a perfect platform to educate the populace on political tolerance, implications of the use of intemperate language, electoral fraud, electoral violence, voting procedures and avenues for addressing electoral disputes.

Mr Boateng indicated that “this event will also present golden opportunities for companies to associate their brand names and logos to this entire important project.”

The event is set to be climaxed with a grand exhibition and peace concert at the Accra International Conference Center from June 14-20, 2012 where the following personalities and individuals are expected to be honoured for their contributions toward 20 years of peaceful democracy.

Ekow Nkensen Arkaah, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, John Dramani Mahama, Speakers Of Parliament, Justice D.F Annan, Peter Ala Adjetey, Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, Mrs Bamford Addo, Georgina Wood among others are expected to be honoured.

Others include Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, Edward Mahama, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Prof George Hagan, George Opesika Aguddey, Maj. General Erskine, Prof Albert Adu Boahen. There would be awards for the best ministers.

The regional exhibition will be held in Tamale from May 11-13; Kumasi from May 18-20; Takoradi from May 25-27, 2012.

The organizers intend to present a Ghana flag dubbed the ‘Peace Flag’ to all the various presidential and parliamentary candidates to append their signatures to it to symbolize their pledge and commitment to peaceful, free and fair elections.

The flag would be sent to religious bodies, Electoral Commission (EC), security agencies, key stakeholders in the country and finally handed to the National Peace Council on the day of the grand concert.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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