The National Peace Crusade Tour was a groundbreaking initiative that brought together faith- based and interfaith groups, as well as related stakeholders, to promote peaceful 2024 general elections. The tour aimed to raise awareness about the critical role of these groups in promoting peace and stability before, during and after the 2024 elections.
The program brought together representatives from across the nation and within the region. The chairman for the program was the Omanhene of Sehwi Anhwiaso Traditional Authority and the President of the National House of Chiefs Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, the Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, the Hon. Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and the Hon. Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong.
Other participates includes all heads of institutions within the region; from the security, NCCE, the clergy from the local council of churches and the Koforidua united ministers fellowship. Also in attendance was the Regional Police Band together with Oti Boateng Cadet Band and students from the various second cycle schools in the municipal. Women groups and political party representatives also graced the occasion.
The program highlighted the significant influence of faith-based and interfaith groups in promoting peace and understanding among individuals. These institutions have a strong presence at the grassroots level, enabling them to reach a wide audience and promote peace at the local level, their influence is not limited to their followers alone but also goes beyond the wider community making them crucial stakeholders in promoting peaceful elections.
It also emphasized the importance of inclusive and diverse participation in promoting peace. The program brought together faith-based, interfaith groups, other stakeholders such as the security agencies, civil society organizations, the student bodies, traditional authorities and political parties’ representatives, demonstrating that peace is a collective responsibility that requires collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders. This inclusive approach helps to build trust and understanding among different groups, reducing the likelihood of conflict and promoting a peaceful electoral process.