Political parties urged to use ADR in addressing disputes 

The National Peace Council (NPC) in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has opened a three-day Multi-Stakeholder Consultation and Training on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Political Parties in West Africa.

The overarching objective of the program is to enhance the capacity of election stakeholders especially political parties to develop sustainable dispute resolution structures to manage disputes and minimize election-related disputes and violence.

It is also intended to create or expand existing infrastructure in target countries, including Ghana for effectively managing disputes surrounding elections and other democratic processes.

The participants drawn from Operations Managers Units of Political Parties, External Affairs Units of Political Parties, Offices of the General Secretaries of Political Parties, Electoral Commission, National Commission on Civic Education, GIZ, European Union amongst others. 

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Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council Mr. George Amoh and the Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Dr. Chukwuemeka Eze who facilitated sessions of the workshop took time to urge political parties resort to Alternative Dispute Resolution or Appropriate Dispute Resolution Structures and measures to resolve the challenges they face regarding conflict within and outside their political parties.

According to them, this is the only way to prevent the volatility and instability of the West African sub region which is brought about by election-related issues, ethnicity, religious extremism and intolerance, influx of small arms amongst others.

Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, Dr Serebour Quaicoo who was participating backed this call saying it will help the country in ensuring peaceful elections. 

Attending the workshop on behalf of the New Patriotic Party was Honorable Chris Arthur, Honorable Kwasi Afriyie and Sheila Offei. The National Democratic Congress had Hon Kakra Esamoah, Lawyer Abraham Amaliba and Atukwei Quaye.

The CPPs delegation included its General Secretary Nana Yaa Jantua, National Organiser Yirimambo Moses. PNC was represented by Janet Nabla, and Muniru Mohammed. PPP also had its General Secretary Remy Paa Kow Edmundson and youth organizer Faisal Abu Sadat amongst others. 

Other participants included delegations and Directors from other organisations in Ghana and Africa such as NCCE, CHRAJ, EU, GIZ, etc

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com


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