The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) has called on political parties to sign a peace pact ahead of the general elections in November.
According the Executive Director of the Institute, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, the pact will guide the parties and their supporters to strive for peace in the build up to the polls.
“The political leaders must denounce violence and sign onto a peace pact. They will accept the results but if they do all of us are obliged to ensure that the elections are very transparent. All the areas where things will be done to undermine the credibility of the process and its outcome, we must be vigilante and go there and speak,” Dr. Akwetey told Citi FM in an interview.
“It is important to commit to a pact that no matter what happens, we will operate within the rule of law and ensure peace. Political parties must accept the rules of the game to consolidate our democracy,” he added.
Dr. Akwetey made these comments at at the opening of a three-day workshop in Ada organised by the Small Arms Commission for the Ghana Police Service and political parties to discuss measures in place to ensure peace ahead of the polls.
Also present at the workshop were representatives of the political parties including the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the People’s National Convention (PNC), the All Peoples Congress (APC) the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), the Independent People’s Party (IPP), the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP) and the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).
The Electoral Commission (EC) has said it is committed to ensuring peaceful polls in November with assurances to the public that measures had been put in place to ensure the elections come off successfully.
However, Dr. Akwetey called on the EC to take “steps to boost confidence in the institutions and its management” adding that although the Commission is “doing well according to the law…it must also take certain measures to boost public confidence.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides