Canada offering million plus dollars towards Electoral Process

Accra, Sept. 10, GNA – Canada would offer
USD 1.4 million as part of
  a joint
initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen
Ghana’s 2016 Electoral Process.

The Ghana Electoral Process Strengthening
Initiative would work with the Electoral Commission (EC) to strengthen
electoral administration mechanisms to improve results transmission and dispute
resolution.

A statement issued by the Canadian High
Commission in Accra, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the initiative
would provide professional and technical training to national, regional and
local media, civil society and independent observers to provide objective,
balanced and gender sensitive media coverage of election-related issues and
events.

“Canadian assistance will largely focus on
supporting the political participation of women and activities to promote
peaceful elections with the aim to enhance the participation of women and the
political parties in the electoral process,” the statement said.

Local elections officers in all 275
constituencies, political party agents and candidates will be trained and the
public sensitised on the importance of a gender balanced inclusive and peaceful
electoral process.”

The initiative is also expected to develop a
conflict mediation strategy for outreach to the national police, regional peace
councils, traditional authorities, religious leaders, civil society, the
judiciary and women and youth, and support the development of a Peace Accord.

Ms. Tina Guthrie, the Chargé d’Affaires of
the Canadian High Commission, stated in the statement: “Canada is very pleased
to support this multi-donor initiative. 
“Engaging women in all aspects of the electoral and political process, and
ensuring peaceful and fair elections are core values for Canada. Canada
encourages all Ghanaians to get out to vote and wishes you much success with
the elections.”

GNA

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