Africa must do more to overcome electoral violence – Group

Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Sept 22, GNA – Women’s Situation Room
(WSR), an international gender-based consultative group, has expressed concern
about recurring electoral violence, plaguing the African continent and said
this could not continue.

Ms. Barbara Sangare, the group’s International
Coordinator, said the situation was undermining democracy and political

She asked that political party leaders and
their supporters’ accepted to abide by the electoral laws, and used appropriate
legal channels to resolve disputes or any misunderstanding.

She was speaking at a day’s orientation course
for the WSR-Ghana Working Group in Kumasi.

The programme, sponsored by the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), was meant to assist empower the participants to
support Ghana’s effort at making this year’s election, peaceful.

Ms. Sangare indicated that political stability
was fundamental to the building of a harmonious and prosperous society.

The group had already engaged the National
Peace Council (NPC), Electoral Commission (EC), religious organizations, media
and the security agencies to find ways to prevent trouble.

The goal, she said, was to have in place early
warning systems and control measures.

Ms. Sangare announced plans by the WSR to
embark on peace march across the nation, to bring home to the people the need
to uphold the law and work together to safeguard the peace.

Chancellor Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Initiator of
the WSR, said it was going to set up a call centre on the day of voting to
receive complaints from identified flashpoints.

These complaints, she said, would be relayed
to the right authorities for prompt redress.


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