The National Commission for Civic Education in collaboration with the Electoral Commission in the Pusiga district in the Upper East Region has formed and inaugurated an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) to bring all political parties and stakeholders in the district to dialogue and promote peace before, during and after this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The IPDC platform will offer the opportunity to engage with the electorate on issues concerning the elections. The IPDC will be operating in areas that include monitoring of breaches of the rules and regulations regarding the electoral process, investigating cases of abuse of the rules and regulations, resolution of petty conflicts and misunderstandings affecting the electoral process, organize peace matches, fun games, and floats to convey messages of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
The IPDC is made up representatives of political parties, civil society organisations from the district and constituency levels, Christian and Muslim groups, Chiefs and Queen Mothers, Youth Groups and the security services.
The Deputy Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, Mr. Joseph Yeboah, appealed to all committee members to promote democracy by upholding the laws governing the electoral process before, during and after this year’s general elections.
He further admonished committee members to organize a debate for all aspiring Parliamentary candidates in the district, adding that “politics is all about issues and not war.”
Committee members thanked the NCCE for such a wonderful initiative and pledged to educate the populace to be non-violent.
Source: ISD (Raphael Azare Kariyama)