Western North IPDC inaugurated | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Sefwi-Wiawso (WN) Jan.
9 GNA – The Western North Regional Directorate of the National Commission for
Civic Education has inaugurated and sworn in a forty member Regional Inter
Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) to handle electoral related issues before,
during and after the December general elections.

The Western North
Regional Director of NCCE, Mr. Sam Awudu Dramani noted that key indicator of
democracy and good governance was credible and peaceful elections.

He said though Ghana
had chalked some enviable feats like successful conduct of Presidential and
Parliamentary Elections, Peaceful transition and transfer of political power
from a ruling Party to an Opposition Party , spots of violence could not be
taken for granted.

As a result of
Ghana’s record, there was the need to deepen and consolidate the democratic
tenets and credentials. “Ghana’s situation therefore provides enough
justification for the formation of Inter-Party Dialogue Committees (IPDCs) that
will act as a buffer zone in the constituencies to stem the tide of unnecessary
suspicions and anxiety among political parties especially, now that activities
of political party vigilantes seemed to have gained grounds”.he added.

A three member
executive was elected to steer the affairs of the Committee with ACP Akrasi
Mensah (Deputy Regional Commander of Police) as the Chairman, Mr. Laud Swanzy
(Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Director of NCCE) – Secretary and Mr. Clement Amoako
representing the CSO’s  as the Organizer
for the Committee.

The objective of the
IPDC is to focus attention on mediation and resolution of petty conflicts by
monitoring the enforcement of the electoral rules and regulations, promoting
peaceful security situations, identifying issues that have the potential to
trigger electoral conflict, and also to promote information sharing to avoid
rumour-mongering.

The IPDC would also
promote discourse to mitigate 
misinformation and misrepresentation amongst political parties and key
stakeholders and provide opportunity for all parties to air their concerns and
problems.

Other objectives of
the Committee are: To organize interactive Inter-Party fora at the district,
constituency and ward/zonal levels, 
initiate and sustain dialogue for stakeholders in the resolution of
conflict that has the potential to affect the upcoming elections and deepen
collaboration between the NCCE, EC, Political Parties, the Youth, Security
Agencies, District Assemblies, Chiefs, Traditional Authorities, Civil Society
and Community Leaders in the promotion of non-violence.

Mr Kingsley Aboagye
Gyedu, Western North Regional Minister who inaugurated the committee implored
the executives and members to work diligently to ensure that the December
General Election was violence free especially in the Western North Region. 

GNA