The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE Denkyembour District Directorate – Akwatia held an Inter – Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) on Tuesday, 9th November, 2021 at the Denkyembour District Assembly Hall, Akwatia on the theme “Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana (NORPREVSEC).
Delivering the welcome address, Ernest Eli Billy Kwami – District Director thanked the European Union for the continuous support towards the activities of the Commission and the Government of Ghana through the National Security for coming up with the National Security Strategy (NSS) to protect the peace we are enjoying as citizens thus he called upon the stakeholders and the entire citizenry to be security conscious at all times for early detection and prevention of violent extremist activities.
He furthermore reminded the gathering that the mandate of the IPDC as constituted by the Commission is to promote peace and resolve conflicts among political actors hence the objectives of today’s gathering is to; re-enforce the role of political parties as key stakeholders in the efforts to prevent the likely spill – over of extremist activities into Ghana, deepen the existing collaboration between the NCCE and all stakeholders for preventing actions that have the potential to radicalize the youth etc.
Meanwhile, he reminded participants that in order to curb political/electoral violence and protect public peace and safety the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491) and the Vigilantism & Related Offences Act, 2019 (Act 999) coupled with Criminal Offences Act, 1960 were enacted thus counseled political parties to refrain from engaging in acts that will mar the peace.
On his part, the Eastern Regional Director of NCCE, Mr. Alex Sackey took participants through the political history of the country right after independence which recorded countless acts of violence.
He informed the gathering that, the development of the National Security Strategy has come at the right time since the factors identified that may propel violence are domestic and international however, he emphasized that we as stakeholders must ensure to avoid the domestic because it will serve as the bedrock for any foreign invasion/attack or breeding ground for the radicalization of our teeming unemployed youth.
The National Security Coordinator, Darlington Adjei – Bekoe took stakeholders through actions that will prevent and counter activities of violent extremist and the political parties pledged their commitment to peace and stability by their representatives present.
Filed by Odiasempa Kwadwo Agyei Eastern Region