Political parties participating in the November 7 general election have come together and kicked against the use of militant pressure groups in resolving electoral disputes.
The parties resolved to reject electoral violence in all forms at a two-day workshop on armed violence in elections organised by the National Commission on Small Arms and the police at Ada in the Eastern Region.
In a 15-point communiqué issued, the parties disassociated themselves from all forms of vigilante groups and expressed their abhorrence to violence in order to ensure a peaceful election.
The participants included representatives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the People’s National Convention (PNC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP).
The rest were from the All People’s Congress (APC), the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Independent People’s Party (IPP), the United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Ghana Freedom Party GFP).
In the communiqué signed by their representatives, the parties agreed to denounce and renounce the use of violence and to expose any undesirable elements within their ranks.
They also tasked the National Media Commission to take measures to curtail the use of offensive and provocative language against political opponents in the media.
While the parties agreed to remain impartial and professional in the discharge of their functions before, during and after the elections, they tasked the police administration to provide security to all duly elected presidential and vice presidential candidates through formal requests from the political parties.
Finally, they urged the government to collaborate with the requisite agencies to curb the proliferation of small arms and ensure gun control.