Albert Allotey, GNA
Accra, Feb. 10, GNA
– The Coalition of Civil Societies Against Political Vigilantism (CCSAPV) has
commended the National Peace Council (NPC) and other stakeholders for
developing a roadmap to eradicate political vigilantism in the Ghanaian body
It encouraged the
NPC to continue engaging all stakeholders and create a better opportunity for
other state agencies such as the Electoral Commission, civil society
organisations, the National Commission for Civic Education, Judicial Service,
National Security among others, to sign the roadmap document.
A statement issued
by the Coalition and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said there was no better
time than this in having a near to perfect blueprint to disband political party
vigilante groups in elections.
“It is of greater
concern to us as a Coalition, that a broad engagement approach, with full
commitment and continuous education, are what we need in this fight against
political party vigilantism.
actors, we are resolute in seeing to the disbandment of political party
vigilante groups and the menace its activities pose to our young and relatively
peaceful democracy,” it said.
The statement said:
“The leadership of the two dominant political parties, the New Patriotic Party
(NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have stated publicly and
categorically time without number and equivocally, that they are for the
absolute dissolution of all forms of political party related violence, which
find expression before, during and after election day and are both ready to
work together to protect and promote the peace we have all worked for and enjoy
over the years.”
It called on all
well-meaning citizens of the country to come together, especially the media, to
help fight the vigilante menace, which was eating strongly into the fabric of
the Ghanaian society.