The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party(NPP), the Convention People’s Party(CPP) and People’s National Convention People’s Party(PNC) made the commitment at a forum organised by the Community Development and Advocacy Centre(CODAC) , a local NGO based in Bolgatanga on Thursday.
The forum which was in the form of debate was to afford the various political parties to inform stakeholders on how they have institutionalize gender equality in their parties structures and how they are committed to peaceful election in the upcoming general election.
All the leadership of the various political parties who debated by stating what they have for gender equality in their parties structures , pledged their total commitment to ensuring peace before, during and after the 2016 general election.
Among some of the parties executives who represented their political parties included , Mr Paul Dankan , of the NDC , Mr Bashiru Ibrahim of the NPP and Mr Albert Abongo of the PNC.
The region is one of the regions in the country which is noted for political violence and among some conflict prone zones include the Talensi Constituency , the Bongo and Chiana –Paga Constituencies. In the 2015 by election in the Talensi constituency there gunshots during the election.
Explaining the rationale behind the programme, the Executive Director of CODAC, Mr Seidu Musah Akugri, stated that what informed the programme was that the involvement of women in the political parties structures in the region had been vey abysmal.
The Executive Director who cited the just ended District level election as a test case, noted that apart from the Bongo District Assembly who met the criteria of the 40 per cent women appointment to the District Assembly , all the 12 Districts in the Region failed to meet the criteria.
“ It is in the light of this, we are organising a panel debate for the representatives of the various political parties to debate on the extent to which each party has mainstreamed gender considerations into their structures”, the Executive Director stressed
He explained further the aim of the debate is to also assess the level of political parties commitment towards creating space for women’s participation in their regional and local structures as contained in their manifestos, identifying existing gaps in their internal structure of the parties, assess the extent to which each party intend addressing these gaps in the upcoming 2016 general elections.
The occasion was used to award the Bongo District Chief, Mr Alexis Ayamdor, for his exemplarily leadership role in bridging the gender gaps of the Bongo District Assembly.
Mr Ayamdor who said the Bongo District Assembly exceeded the 40 per cent appointment of women to the District Assembly , explained that he acted accordance to the government policy in appointing 40 per cent of women to Distinct Assembly coupled with his role as a Development Practitioner.
The DCE who stated that all the appointed women in the Assembling were excelling well, impressed upon his colleagues Municipal and District Chief Executive to comply with the government’s directive by meeting the appointment 40 per cent of women into leadership positions.
He commended the NGO for contributing to the breaking of the gender gaps in the region by lobbying and influencing traditional councils in the region to include more women in the decision making process of the traditional areas.
The Board Member of CODAC, Mr Norbert Akolbila , who thanked the leadership of the political parties for their commitment towards the appointment of more women and peace , told them that the people in region would hold them accountable if they failed to go by their commitments.
The Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, Mr Pontius Pilate Appabey Baba, stated that one of the major problems confronting the democratic process of the country was the failure to involve more women in the decision process and reiterated the call to ensure that more women are appointed into governance to help enhance the democratic process of the country.
By Samuel Adadi Akapule, Bolgatanga