Ghana?s CDD calls on security agencies to deal swiftly with electoral violence


by Francis Tandoh


TEMA (GHANA), Nov. 20 ?—A senior official of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), a Ghanaian think-tank, Tuesday urged the security agencies to deal swiftly with persons resorting to violence in the forthcoming elections scheduled for December 7.


Speaking to journalists here, 38 km east of the Ghanaian capital,??Paul Abrampa,?Programs Officer, noted that such a move would deter others from perpetrating similar offences, and ensure the peaceful conduct of the election.


His comments come against the backdrop of clashes between supporters of the country?s two major political parties ? the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) – in the Efutu Constituency in the Central Region (Province) on Monday and the identification of 62 flashpoints in Ashaiman, near Tema.


CDD Ghana and the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), according to Abrampa, had already begun work to educate the electorates in 39 areas across the country considered as hotspots to educate the people to ensure peace.


He noted that communal violence, tribal differences, the use of intemperate language as well as the destruction of party property were among the number of issues that had the potential of degenerating into electoral violence.


The Programs officer disclosed that a total of 1,668 education materials such as posters and billboards belonging to various political parties had been destroyed by unknown persons.


He emphasized that the culture of impunity which had characterized the politics of the country for some time should not be allowed to continue.


Abrampa also appealed to the police not to grant permits to two or more political parties to hold rallies at the same place and the same time as that had the potential of resulting in clashes between members.


He asked the security agencies to take very quick actions on electoral issues that bothered on criminality to bring the perpetrators to book.


The CDD Programs Officer further appealed to the country?s Electoral Commission (EC) and the media to educate the populace on the need to conduct the election in a peaceful atmosphere.


With 16 days to go for the election, the political temperature of the country seems to be rising by each passing day.


The two leading political parties, NDC and NPP, are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to sway the electorate for their votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections, and most political observers believe the poll is a straight battle between the two.


CDD Ghana is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization based in Accra and dedicated to the promotion of society and government based on the rule of law, appropriate checks on the power of the state, and integrity in public administration. Enditem.


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