The historic Kumasi High Level Meeting (HLM 1) of November 2012 delivered the Declaration against Electoral Violence, Impunity and Injustice, which the media subsequently re-named the Kumasi Peace Pact. With only a few days to the 7th December 2016 elections the need for a second HLM became compelling. The idea was to create a public space within which leaders of the nation could meet to reason together and provide collective and non-partisan leadership in addressing critical challenges to the nation’s democratic stability, peace and unity. One of the crucial moments in which national leaders, drawn from all sectors, should be talking to their peers who are contesting elections is the immediate aftermath of presidential and parliamentary elections. This is the interval between the declaration and the finality of the presidential elections, on the one hand, and preparation towards inauguration of the elected president, on the other.

Experiences from the 2008 and 2012 elections show that communications, consultations and dialogues across institutions, political parties and the public are challenging and tend to breakdown, creating a dangerous vacuum in a highly polarised, partisan and charged situation. Furthermore, the turbulence of our elections together with its threats of violence extends to the post-elections transition period. The rancorous mood of the political and administrative transitions of 2001 and 2009 serve as a strong reminder of the challenges of managing the post-elections situation that are ahead of us. This knowledge and insights informed the need for a collective national leadership skilled in statecraft to work together with the NPC and the NHC in facilitating and coordinating critical communication, consultations and dialogues essential to maintaining peace and stability and the pursuance of justice also in the post-elections period.

Accordingly, the National Peace Council (NPC) and the National House of Chiefs (NHC) in collaboration with the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) convened the 2nd High Level Meeting (HLM) of National Leaders under the theme “Strengthening Ghana’s Democratic Stability, Peace and Unity”. The event, which was originally scheduled for 23rd November 2016 and at the Great Hall, University of Ghana, Legon, was rescheduled for December 1, 2016 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.

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