NPC establishes response group for Election 2016

By Dennis Peprah, GNA

Abesim, (B/A),
Sept. 17, GNA – A Regional Election Early Warning Response Group, has been
inaugurated in the Brong-Ahafo Region, with a call on members to ensure
political neutrality in the discharge of their duties.

Professor Seth
Opuni Asiama, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Peace Council
(NPC), who made the call told the group that they are called for a national
duty and must endeavour not be influenced by their political affiliations in
the course of their duties.

The 18-member group
is made up of representatives from the Electoral Commission, National
Commission for Civic Education, NPC, Police, clergy, Muslim leaders,
Information Services Department, traditional authorities and defence
intelligence.

Set up by the NPC
through the UNDP and USAID, the group is mandated to detect early warning, and
help address security issues that threaten peace in Election 2016.

Prof Asiama said
every Ghanaian has a responsibility to play in ensuring a peaceful election and
indicated that an opportunity has been created for them, hence they must
contribute their quota in a more proactive manner for an incident free election
on December 7 and beyond.

Mr Kwasi
Oppong-Ababio, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, asked the members not to
trivialise any issue bordering security and entreated them to work closely with
the security agencies to achieve its mandate.

He pointed out that
enormous task have been bestowed on the group and they cannot do it alone.

He urged them to
get informants at especially election hotspot communities in the Region to be
able to get reliable information.

The Reverend Canon
Martin Amaknwaa, an Anglican Priest and Chairman of the Group, gave the
assurance that they would work assiduously to ensure that security threats
would be easily identified and addressed for a peaceful election.

GNA

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