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Curbing Political Party Vigilantism

Project Name

Curbing Political Party Vigilantism

Duration

11 Months

Funder(s)

UNDP

Project Info

Ghanaians are gravely concerned that political vigilantism and its effects on local and national elections. This follows the acts of lawlessness and impunity that vigilante groups affiliated with Ghana’s two main political parties – National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) – have engaged in the period following the 2016 elections, transition and post-transition period. The latest in the series of acts of violence was at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-elections where shooting incidents were reported and close to a dozen persons sustained injuries, an occurrence that has antecedents in previous by-elections and re-runs – Talensi, Chereponi, Akwatia, and Atiwa.

It is therefore, important to maintain Ghana’s democratic reputation of stability within the West African Sub-region by ensuring that its good governance, rule of law, national security and renowned peace architecture are not threatened by the increasing and persistent impunity of political vigilantism.

Key Activities

  • Stock-taking engagements and focus group discussions in flashpoints across the regions
  • Consensus Dialogue across zones
  • Stakeholder Consultation on electoral violence and emerging issues
  • Development and publishing of knowledge products from the stakeholder consultations and focus group discussions
  • Dissemination of knowledge products to aid advocacy on ending electoral violence.

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