Story By: Ben LARYEA
The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Governance and Security under the auspices of the West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism (WACCE) and the Africa Centre for Security and Counterterrorism has called on the Ghanaians particularly the electorates to exhibit a sense of civic responsibility in the upcoming 2020 general elections.
The coalition have thus challenged the electorates to adhere to the rules and regulations governing the electoral process set out by the Electoral Commission (EC) to enable them exercise their franchise in a free and fair elections devoid of violence and intimidation.
Addressing the media at its maiden edition on this year’s election in Accra dubbed “One Ghana Peace Campaign”, the Executive Director of the West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism, Mr. Mutaru Mumuni Mugthar urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to put in place adequate measures and mechanisms across the country to enable all stakeholders in the electoral space to conduct the 2020 December polls in a transparent atmosphere.
The Executive Director however called on government to resource the security agencies and personnel to live up to the task in ensuring a violence free polls especially at flash points and again urged the electorates to cooperate fully with the state security for sanity to prevail during and after the elections.
“Civil Society Organisations and its affiliated bodies must continue to engage and sensitise the citizenry about their civic responsibilities to enable them be abreast with emerging trends in electoral process and also abide with the code of conduct on issues relating to voting,” he said.
According to him, the West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism as part of its effort towards a peaceful 2020 election in Ghana will engage and embark on electioneering activities in the country to enable stakeholders in the electoral sector conduct the country’s December general elections in a peaceful transparent, free and fair manner.
“The coalition therefore urged the rank and file of political parties to strictly operate its activities in conformity with the rules and regulations by the Electoral Commission,” he stated.