The Ashanti Regional Peace Council chairman, Rt. Rev Christopher Nyarko Andam says it is providing early warning systems, which is the conduit for dialogues as means for response with the two major political parties in Ghana – that is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ensure peace in the upcoming general elections.
He stated that political and electoral violence is one of the greatest threats to a peaceful democratic Nation therefore if awareness is not created through the new laws which forbid vigilantism, Ghana’s democracy would be distracted in the near future.
“Our beloved country, Ghana is the first country to have legislation on National Peace Council Act 2011 (Act 818) that establish council with the mandate and objective to develop and facilitate mechanism for conflict prevention, conflict management, conflict resolution and also to build sustainable peace for our dear nation. This has given every Ghanaian the responsibility to preserve the peace and become its ambassador,” he said.
“As part of its functions, it is the duty of the council to harmonize and coordinate conflict prevention, conflict management, conflict resolution and also build sustainable peace through networking and coordination,” he added.
In a two-day advocacy workshop on vigilantism and related offenses Act, Roadmap, and the code of conduct for the eradication of political vigilantism in Ghana in the capital of the Ashanti Region, Rt. Rev. Andam spoke on the need to facilitate the implementation of agreements and resolutions between parties in conflict.
He informed that Ghana’s democracy must not be endangered through political power but must be preserved through suggestions on unfriendly actions to promote trust and confidence between political parties.