Youth Urged To Resist Electoral Violence

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has urged the youth to be vigilant and resist any attempt by any person or group of persons to engage in electoral violence as the nation prepares for the December polls. The youth, he said, are the likely target by self-seeking politicians to foment trouble in the run up to the elections and warned that this could be counterproductive to the sustenance of peace in the country. He reminded them of their constitutional mandate to use their energies, expertise and skills for productive ventures, saying it is the responsibility of the youth not to repeat the mistakes of other war-torn African countries. Dr Agyemang-Mensah, who was addressing a peace rally at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi, cited the untold hardships and calamities that befell some youth who engaged in such violence. The rally was organized by the Ashanti Regional Cadet Corps and was attended by 5,000 pupils and students from 75 schools. It aimed at creating awareness about the role of the youth in ensuring incident-free elections.