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NCCE welcomes vigilantism dialogue


The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has welcomed the preparedness of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to submit to calls by the citizenry to end the scourge of political party vigilantism in the nation’s democracy.

It called on all
well-meaning Ghanaians to rally behind the efforts of state institutions and
civil society organisations to finding a lasting solution to the issue.

“The commission urges
politicians and political parties to
act in good

faithin seeking national interest above partisan interest, and
with support of Ghanaians is committed to playing a pivotal role in stamping
out political violence and nurturing governance on the tenets of democracy, for
their collective benefit towards nation building,” it said.

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This was contained in
a statement signed and issued by Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy Chairman of
Operations of the Commission.

“The commission after
multiple stakeholder engagements is poised to facilitate a process of dialogue
among the parties and relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the
menace of political violence and associated party militia activity,” it said.

However, the
commission also expressed concern about an audiotape circulating in the media,
purported to be the voice of the chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo,
alleged to have made statements at a meeting that had the potential to threaten
the security of individuals, the state, elections and democracy.

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It unequivocally
condemned the contents of the tape and reminded the NDC and all political
parties to conduct their activities in accordance with the tenets of the 1992
Constitution and the law.

“Unguarded utterances
that have the potential to create fear and panic should be condemned in no
uncertain terms by all and not be allowed to fester in our democracy, and notes
the swiftness with which the Police have invited Ofosu Ampofo for questioning.

“We urge the Police
to expedite investigations to ascertain the veracity of the matter; also, we
are confident that the police is working assiduously to conclude investigations
on the NDC Ashanti Regional shooting incident.

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“The commission reiterates the need for political parties and the citizenry to uphold the rule of law, good governance, respect the rights of all Ghanaians and work towards safeguarding the peace, security and stability of constitutional democracy,” the statement noted.

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