STATEMENT OF THE CIVIC FORUM INITIATIVE (CFI) ON THE WAY FORWAD TOWARDS PEACEFUL AND CREDIBLE ELECTION
Several representatives of civil society organizations recently met to discuss the critical aspects of Ghana’s December 2020 elections. The CSO representatives deliberated extensively and reviewed the political and security conditions prevailing in the country in the few weeks leading to the December 7, 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The meeting noted with grave concern the rising political temperature and its associated build-up of tension and deep-seated mistrust between the two major parties; NPP and NDC, the main opposition party and the Electoral Commission (EC) and the spread of insecurity and fear. There was general consensus that the prevailing state of fear and insecurity poses a direct and immediate threat to the conduct of peaceful elections in December.
A major element of the pre-election political tension is the deteriorating relationship between the NDC and the EC and the huge trust deficit it poses to the political system. The pre-election tension is further aggravated by the looming fear of vigilante violence. Following the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence in 2019, some positive measures have been taken with the view to eliminate vigilantism from the country’s electoral politics.
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