National Peace Council facilitate NDCs return to IPAC
The National Peace Council (NPC) convened a National Stakeholders’ dialogue after the 2020 general elections. The dialogue, which was held from Tuesday, 29th June to Thursday, 1st July, 2021 came up with some recommendations for electoral and related reforms.
Two years on, the National Peace Council has convened another meeting at Peduase Valley Resort on 14th December, 2023 to take stock of the reforms and how they will be implemented going into the 2024 elections. The overarching objective of the conference was to build consensus for electoral reform and create the platform for Inter Party Dialogue for transparent elections. The meeting also gave the stakeholders the opportunity to assess preparations towards the 2024 general election.
Participants were drawn from the Electoral Commission, Judiciary, Political Parties, Security Agencies, Religious Bodies, Traditional Authorities, Civil Society Organisations among others. As part of the dialogue, the Chairman of the National Peace Council invited the National Democratic Congress to return to the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) to foster consensus building at IPAC. This call was supported by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission in her speech.
The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress in his statement expressed dissatisfaction in the lack of consensus at the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) which led to their exit from IPAC, notwithstanding his dissatisfaction, he accepted the invitations for the NDC to return to IPAC. He urged the National Peace Council to work further to address any other concerns relating to the IPAC.
Some electoral security and adjudication reforms were tabled by the Police and the Judiciary to enhance transparency and restore confidence in the electoral processes. There were some concerns for more reforms and suggestions from the political parties and civil society organizations.
Stakeholders expressed gratitude to the NPC for organising such a conference to promote consensus building ahead of the 2024 general elections. Again, Stakeholders urged the NPC to make use of its convening power to bring together relevant stakeholders for the reformation and transformation of the IPAC.
The NPC respectfully calls on the leadership of relevant stakeholders to stand up to the task ahead for a free, fair, transparent 2024 general elections and continue to employ consensus building in implementing the proposed electoral reforms.