The Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-GH) and Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) has charged the government, political parties, as well as all stakeholders to declare a zero-tolerance for electoral violence ahead of the December 7 polls.
With a history of violence caused by vigilante groups belonging to the two major political parties in the country during elections, the two groups have at a press conference in Accra today hammered on the need for government to put in place measures to achieve peace during and after this year’s election.
At the joint press conference by CFF-Ghana and FOSDA at the GNAT Conference Hall in Ho, Volta Region, the government has been charged to show leadership to ensuring that the anti-vigilantism law is applied irrespective of the offender’s status or political coloration to serve the purpose for which it was passed.
“…Political parties must allow state security apparatus to undertake their mandated duties without influence. Political parties should not incite their supporters to be violent but rather support the state institutions to do their work and channel complains and grievances to the appropriate quarters for redress”, part of the speech read at the press conference today reads.
Meanwhile, CFF-Ghana and FOSDA have urged the youth in the country to avoid being used by the political parties as tools to carry out violent acts in the events leading to the December 7 polls, during, and after.
“We call the young people of this country to resist any form of temptation to be used as tools to perpetuate any act of electoral violence before during and after the elections. On the other hand, government must invest in reducing the unemployment situation among the youth”, the speech concludes.Friends of the Media, Distinguished Stakeholders including Political Players, Traditional Authorities, Religious Bodies, Peace Council, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Development Partners, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning. On behalf of the organizers, Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-GH) and Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), we are pleased to welcome you to today’s media engagement anchored on the theme: “Ending political vigilantism and adopting a zero tolerance to election violence campaign in Ghana; a strategic priority for sustained peace and security”.
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