Stakeholders urge Ghana to build on good democratic track record

Stakeholders speaking at a pre-election forum here on Wednesday urged Ghanaians to use the 2016 elections to build on Ghana’s enviable democratic track record.

EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna
EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna

The European Union Ambassador in Ghana, William Hanna urged the country to ensure it’s political landscape is free of intimidation before, during and after the December 7 polls, expressing concern about the reign of terror by some vigilante groups associated with political parties.

EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna
EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna
“Political parties must dissociate themselves from the kind of violence these people perpetrate. Violence has no place in democratic elections,” he stressed.

He lauded Ghana for engraving its name, not only in West Africa and Africa, but around the world as a power house for democratic elections in Africa with very remarkable transitions in the past.

“The eyes of the whole world will be looking toward s Ghana over the next couple of months. I d hope that you will be able to continue with what you have done over the years,” Hanna added.

The Election 2016 Partners Learning event for stakeholders was organized by the Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR) Ghana, an initiative by development partners including the European Union, (EU) Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), and Department for International Development (DFID) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) among others to track development financing in Ghana.

A traditional ruler, Nana Kwabena Nketsia who chaired the function cautioned Ghanaians not to take for granted the peace that is in the country.

He observed that elections in Africa were often characterized by violence and added that even outside Africa such as Yogoslavia and the Big India are no more although these countries never showed signs of a break-up in the past.

“The usual polarized and often negat9ve dialogue on radio and TV can be diluted through voter education,” Nana Nketsia urged.

In March STAR Ghana awarded a total of 2.8 million US Dollars to 35 civil society and media organizations to implement projects aimed at contributing to peaceful, transparent, credible and inclusive elections in December.

“Elections are transparent when each step is open to scrutiny and stakeholders can independently verify whether the process is conducted honestly and accurately,” Ibrahim Tanko Amidu, Program Director for STAR Ghana stressed. Enditem.

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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