Political Parties In Akwatia Constituency Sign MOU Ahead Of The Elections

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Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD Ghana) together with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has Organized a two days stakeholders forum (Youth for inclusive governance) to seek to bring together top officials and executives of all the political party’s at the Constituency level to engage, deliberate and discuss peace ahead of the Elections.

The forum was honored by other dignitaries like Osaberima Kofi Boateng iii chief of Akwatia, district police commander, district director of BNI, district director of NCCE, director of CDD Ghana, the press and other heads of department.

Addressing the audience, Mr Mawusi Dumenu who was the chairman for the forum noted that, Ghana Center for Democratic Development CDD Ghana with funding from the Danish institute for parties and democracy (DIPD) is undertaking some interventions to engage, sensitize and mobilize party leadership and youth groups around issue-based politics and avoid vigilantism during Electoral cycle in hotspots, by misunderstanding before they degenerate violence.

According to him, CDD Ghana has undertaken series of activities towards achieving the project objectives. The team embarked on constituency level engagement with party executives and youth leaders of the national Democratic Congress NDC and the New Patriotic Party NPP in the project constituency – Asutifi south, Asawase and Akwatia to introduce them to the project and to secure their buy – in and support for the project.

The forum seeks to follow up on proposed activities after the boot camp which was held sometime ago for some selected youth leaders. At the Boot camp, the youth leaders of the NDC and NPP committed to creating platforms that will periodically bring them together to discuss peace ahead of the 2020 Elections.

The Denkyembour District director of the National Commission for Civic Education NCCE Mr Billy Kwami in his remarks thanked CDD-Ghana for the timely collaboration in ensuring that key stakeholders are reached and sensitized to ensure free, fair, credible and non violent elections in the upcoming General Election.

He continued by expressing his appreciation to the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Local Council of Churches (LCC) and the entire Akwatiaman for the launch of Agent of Peace Campaign on 17th October, 2020 that witnessed a mammoth gathering of citizens and the declaration of a pledge to peace by the Parliamentary Candidates of the NDC and NPP.

He also, acknowledged the work of the security in the provision of law and order in periods as this. On one hand, he reminded the gathering that the Inter Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) birthed by the NCCE was to provide a platform for the actors involved in elections to initiate and sustain dialogue for stakeholders in the resolution of conflict that has the potential to affect General Election inter alia.

To buttress his point, he says the IPDC resolved issues among parties in 2012 and 2016 that resulted in peaceful campaigns that had eventually culminated in peaceful polls in these periods whilst acknowledging the efforts of other stakeholders.

Furthermore, he emphasized that the IPDC platform serves as a vehicle to discuss proposed date, venue, modalities, umpires among others in the conduct of a Parliamentary Dialogue hence proposed that this year’s debate be held on Thursday, 26th November, 2020.

The meeting approved the date and agreed that the venue would be Durbar Ground, Akwatia at 4pm.

Finally, he entreated stakeholders present to contribute to the programme and reminded them that COVID 19 is still with us thus all must ensure to observe all the protocols as directed by law to nib the spread in the bud.

The party’s present were the PNC, NPP and NDC which at the end of the stakeholders engagement forum signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing them to principals and rules of engagement that pop up during the forum.

A STORY BY ODIASEMPA KWADWO AGYEI EASTERN REGION

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