The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has asked the political parties to dissolve vigilante groups affiliated to them and discourage, form now to the time of election, the formation of any such groups.
In a communiqué signed by Ernest Twum, Wednesday, the IEA tasked the two major political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to end the “macho men” phenomenon that arises during the political season.
“Political parties should educate their members throughout the country on Election 2012.”
The parties were reminded of their mandate to the Chapter Six of the 1992 Constitution which deals with the Directive Principles of State Policy in their Election 2012 manifestos and urged to enforce the Political Parties Code of Conduct at all levels of the parties’ hierarchy.
The communiqué also mentioned that further education should be done by the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with stakeholders, to ensure people adopt the right attitudes to the Biometric Registration Process and the subsequent general elections.
“The EC and NCCE should step up education efforts to reduce the number of rejected ballots as witnessed in the 2008 election; EC should liaise with the security agencies to guarantee the security of the voter registration process and the entire electoral process.”
It was recommended to the Electoral Commission (EC) to create more polling stations for Election 2012 to reduce the number of voters at each polling station. The creation of more polling stations will reduce to the barest minimum the number of voters and avoid long and winding queues that have the potential of creating problems, the communiqué said.
The IEA workshop was on the theme: “Towards Free, Fair and Violence Free Elections in Ghana: Holding Key Stakeholders Accountable”. It was attended by representatives of Political Parties, National Peace Council, the EC, the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Security Services, Development Partners, the Media, among others.