- The National Peace Council, in a communiqué, has said the two major political parties have committed to eliminating party-affiliated militia groups in the country
- The two Chairmen of the NDC and NPP, respectively, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo and Mr Freddie Blay, signed on behalf of their parties
The two guilty political parties on the issue of party militia - NDC and NPP have met for the first time as a group.A communique issued by the Peace Council after the first round of talks following a call on them by President Nana Akufo-Addo to do so revealed that the two parties agree that militia groups are inimical to the growth of the country’s democratic system.
"The National Peace Council met with key members of the two main political parties in Ghana, namely the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in response to a call by the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his state of the nation address to eradicate political vigilantism.
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"After an open and exhaustive deliberation, the parties agreed that vigilantism is inimical to Ghana’s democratic system and must be eradicated.
“With respect to the immediate focus of the mediation or dialogue, the NDC is of the view that it should be the eradication of ‘political vigilantism in all its ramifications’ while the NPP is of the opinion that the focus should be ‘political party vigilantism in all its ramifications.”
The statement also noted that the two parties agreed to engage in deliberations aimed at “prohibiting the ownership, hiring or utilization of such groups”.
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The two parties were represented by Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, NDC national chairman and Mr Freddie Blay, NPP national chairman.
They both signed on behalf of their parties.
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