NPC establishes response group for Election 2016

A Regional Election Early Warning Response Group has been inaugurated in the Brong-Ahafo Region, with a call on members to ensure political neutrality in the discharge of their duties.

Professor Seth Opuni Asiama, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), who made the call told the group that they are called for a national duty and must endeavour not be influenced by their political affiliations in the course of their duties.

The 18-member group is made up of representatives from the Electoral Commission (EC), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), NPC, Police, clergy, Muslim leaders, Information Services Department (ISD), traditional authorities and defence intelligence.

Set up by the NPC through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United States Aid for International Development (USAID), the group is mandated to detect early warning and help address security issues that threaten peace in Election 2016.

Prof Asiama said every Ghanaian has a responsibility to play in ensuring a peaceful election and indicated that an opportunity has been created for them, hence they must contribute their quota in a more proactive manner for an incident free election on December 7 and beyond.

Mr Kwasi Oppong-Ababio, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, asked the members not to trivialise any issue bordering on security and entreated them to work closely with the security agencies to achieve its mandate.

He pointed out that enormous task has been bestowed on the group and they cannot do it alone and urged them to get informants at especially election hotspot communities in the region to be able to get reliable information.

The Reverend Canon Martin Amankwaa, an Anglican priest and chairman of the group, gave the assurance that they would work assiduously to ensure that security threats would be easily identified and addressed for peaceful elections. -GNA


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