A commitment to ensure a peaceful election in the upcoming December polls in Ghana has been endorsed by representatives of five political parties and Electoral Commission on November 23, 2012 in Accra on the platform of the Joint-Party Election Results Monitoring (J-PERM) hosted by the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme-Ghana (UNDP-Ghana) and the Catholic University College (CUC).
In an effort to avert violence and promote peaceful elections in December 2012, five representatives of political parties from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Electoral Commission of Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) undertaking and committing to a peaceful, transparent and credible elections.
The Joint-Party Election Results Monitoring (J-PERM) is a platform to work harmoniously in an integral manner, guided by a common protocol to consolidate Ghana’s political history of peace and stability. It provides opportunity for political parties representatives to be in the situation room, observing the electoral process and results and if there arise discrepancies at polling stations, use the information at their disposal to settle them amicably. It also affords an enabling environment for mediation to take place over disagreement of results and if unresolved, on the podium of mutual respect and understanding, parties can seek redress in court.
In attendance at the signing of the MoU were the Country Director of UNDP-Ghana, Chairperson of the National Peace Council, the Vice Chancellor of Catholic University College of Ghana, the WANEP team led by the Executive Director, representatives of political parties, Civil Society Organisations and the media. WANEP in collaboration with UNDP and Catholic University College of Ghana will manage the situation room wherein disputed election figures will be mediated in a joint problem solving manner
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