Upper West Region Marks Independence Day with Emphasis on Democratic Values

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, emphasized the significance of credible elections as the cornerstone of a robust democracy during the commemoration of Ghana’s 67th Independence Day in Lawra. Speaking under the theme “Our Democracy, Our Pride,” Dr. Salih underscored the pivotal role of the Electoral Commission (EC) in ensuring the integrity of electoral processes.

Acknowledging the government’s commitment to supporting the EC’s operations, Dr. Salih urged political parties to uphold the democratic ethos by refraining from treating elections as a “do-or-die affair.” He emphasized the symbiotic relationship between peace and development, stating that sustainable progress hinges on maintaining a peaceful political landscape.

While recognizing the challenges inherent in multi-party democracy, Dr. Salih commended Ghanaians for their steadfast dedication to democratic principles without succumbing to violent upheavals. He cautioned against rhetoric that incites confrontation or violence, emphasizing the importance of fostering a culture of peaceful coexistence.

Highlighting the region’s commitment to peace and democracy, Dr. Salih called on residents to play their part in ensuring harmony and stability, essential for the region’s development and the nation as a whole.

The Independence Day celebration featured a vibrant parade, with contingents comprising security personnel, schools, cadet groups, and various associations. Captain Kwesi Arthur Barnes of the 10th Mechanised Battalion led the parade, accompanied by the Customs Regimental Band from Accra and the 10th Mechanised Battalion Band.

The event also included a procession of armoured vehicles and military security dogs, adding to the spectacle of the occasion. School competitions added to the festivities, with Eremon Senior High Technical School, Pentecost Preparatory JHS, and Lawra E/A Primary School emerging as winners in their respective categories.

Additionally, deserving individuals, including Zoomlion Ghana workers, were recognized and rewarded for their contributions to the development of the Lawra Municipality, underscoring the importance of collective effort in nation-building.

The celebration, attended by dignitaries including the Paramount Chief of the Lawra Traditional Area and the Member of Parliament for the Constituency, served as a testament to Ghana’s commitment to democracy and unity as it commemorated its journey towards independence.

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