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Key Stakeholders, Major Partners Hail WANEP’s Election Monitoring Project

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Critical stakeholders and major partners have expressed support and commitment to the WANEP’s Election Situational Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation Project: Platform for Mitigating Electoral Violence in the 2016 General Elections in Ghana. The commendations were contained in the goodwill messages presented at a consultative meeting held on May 17 and 18 at Mensvic Hotel, Accra-Ghana to discuss modalities for the operationalization of an Election Situation Room (ESR) in preparation for the Ghana general elections coming up in November. The project was launched by Honorable Prosper Bani, Ghana Minister for Interior.
The meeting brought together high profile stakeholders from government and inter-governmental organizations, International Development partners and the media. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman National Peace Council delivered the keynote address titled; The Imperative of Peaceful Election in the consolidation of Ghana’s Democratic credentials: The role of the National Peace Council.

 

Below are excerpts from the goodwill messages.

“I have confidence in the people of this country, who, more than once, have demonstrated their commitment to democracy and peace, and have on many occasions confirmed Ghana's reputation for holding truly democratic elections.”- Dr. Ibn Chambas, Special Representative to UNOWAS

 

 

 

 

 

“It is in our collective interest as leaders to ensure that our parties disband all groups whose existence has adverse security implications on the upcoming general elections.” - Honourable Prosper Bani, Ghana Minister for Interior

 

 

 

 

 

“It is axiomatic that violent conflict in the sense of wars and hostility can hardly achieve what peace can. The forces of peace can rule over ignorance and superstition; over illiteracy and immorality; over poverty and government oppression; only peace can bring about social reforms.”- Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman – National Peace Council

 

 

 

 

“…Today there is an unfolding paradigm shift in the approach to elections and electioneering processes. A few years ago, politics and elections were seen as the sole preserve of political actors and gladiators; the State and Government agencies but today, the voices of citizens are beginning to echo in the political arena! – Chukwuemeka Eze, WANEP Executive Director

 

 

 

 

“It is our collective responsibility to make democratic dispensation work. KAIPTC is ever ready to partner with WANEP because the two organizations have similar principles such as the rule of law, accountability, fairness and equity.”- Maj Gen O. B. Akwa, Commandant KAIPTC

 

 

 

 

 

“I am fully convinced that the output of the Election Situational Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation Project, that we are assembled here to launch, will play a very critical role in our collective efforts at identifying and rapidly addressing any issues that may have an impact on the peaceful conduct of the November polls in Ghana.” - Dr. Remi Ajibewa Director of Political Affairs, ECOWAS

 

 

 

 

“I am confident that WANEP will also provide a channel through which the Observation Missions and the Situation Room could access any relevant information that will support their work for the interest and benefit of Ghana Democracy.” - Ms Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative

 

 

 

 

 

“Much progress has been made in the continent in terms of holding regular elections. However, despite this progress, the threat of electoral violence is still very much alive.” - Khabele Matlosa, Director for Political Affairs