The National Peace Council (NPC) has held a multi-stakeholder interactive session to strengthen partnerships, prevent conflict and electoral violence in Ghana.
The one-day session had participants were drawn from state actors such as, Electoral Commission, National Commission for Civic Education, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, National Media Commission and National Security.
The rests are the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, Ghana Police Service, Abantu for Development, Center for Democratic Development-Ghana, IDEG, Youth Bridge Foundation, National and Regional Early Warning and Elections Response Group and Media.
The objectives of the interactive session were to support stakeholders to identify key challenges within the democratic space and proffer solutions to ensure peaceful electioneering processes in Ghana.
The Director of the National Centre for Coordination of Early Warning and Response Mechanisms (NCCRM), Col. Joseph Kelvin Merdiema, explained that it had become necessary for all stakeholders to collaborate on how best to approach the 2024 elections.
He added that the implementation of early warning and response systems was crucial to prevent conflict and violence in elections.
Col. Merdiema said the systems would help to identify risks and vulnerabilities that impact human security in the country and disseminate warnings timely through standardized and reliable communication systems to reach decision-makers and those at risk.
He further urged the National Peace Council to build rapport with the political parties and key stakeholders ahead of the 2024 elections.
Dzifa Hukporti, ISD