Eliminate the existence of political party vigilantism – CODEO

By Rashid Mbugri, GNA

Tamale, July 17, GNA – Mr Albert Kofi Arhin,
the National Coordinator of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)
has called on the government to take steps to eliminate the existence of
political party vigilantism to help ensure clean democratic governance.

He said this would help curb the rate of
violence threatening the electoral and democratic development of the nation.

Mr Arhin made the call at the weekend during a
media briefing after a roundtable discussion on the menace of political party
vigilantism with stakeholders in Tamale.

The participants were representatives from the
Electoral Commission (EC), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the
Security Services, political parties, Civil Society Organisations, traditional
rulers and the media.

Mr Arhin also called on the media to make the
subject a critical matter for public discussion on the various platforms in
order to help eliminate political party vigilantism in the country.

According to CODEO, during the roundtable
discussion, some of the participants blamed the ineffectiveness of the security
services especially the police.

They said the political parties feel insecure
because of the inadequate state protection given to them when carrying out
their activities during elections.

The participants, however, suggested that a
National Security Summit be organised to deliberate, and develop actionable
plans to tackle identified threats to the state’s security including party

The participants also called on members of the
political parties to openly admit the existence of the vigilante groups and
stop funding them as means of eliminating their existence.

They also appealed to government to revive the
regional and district inter-party dialogue and improve on voter and civic
education, aiming at increasing civic consciousness in the country.

Naa Yakubu Abdulai, the Chief of Sagnerigu ,
appealed to the government to actively involve the youth in the decision making
process in order to  make them relevant
in the governance of the state.

He said conscious efforts should also be made
to solve the youth and graduate unemployment rate in the country.

Naa Abdulai also stressed the importance of
resuscitating the various state institutions in order to promote the rule of
law in the country.