As part of its contribution to the mitigation of electoral disputes in Africa, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) will be launching a book titled “Election Dispute Management Practice Guide for West Africa’’ on 14th February 2012 at the Grand Mensvic Hotel, East Legon, Accra, Ghana at 9:00am.
Elections in the recent past have triggered outbreaks of violence in many West African countries. Long and unaddressed grievances over bad governance and political exclusion are now finding popular expression in the demand for the conduct of transparent elections that are free, fair and credible. Against this background, WANEP with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) developed the Election Dispute Management Practice Guide to serve as an important resource for local, national and continental actionable response to the conduct of credible and peaceful elections. It focuses on the prevention, mitigation and resolution of electoral disputes.
The Keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Chair of the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Sierra Leone while the review and presentation of the practice guide will be done by Professor Isaac Albert (Lead Consultant on the development of the guide and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies) and the Hon. Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Ghana respectively.
Also expected at the launching to deliver a speech on “Peaceful Elections and Democratic Stability” is the Executive Governor of Niger State, Nigeria
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