The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas has appealed to political parties to show leadership and expunge from their structures as well as disassociate completely from vigilante groups.
He fears such groups in support of their formations could stir a political climate of intolerance which can hamper preparations towards a peaceful elections in November.
He observed that is crucial to ensure unregulated security bodies do not play any role in the electoral process, giving the high stakes of Ghana’s upcoming polls.
Dr. Chambas made the point when he met with the media on the UN’s support to the 2016 elections in Ghana. In his statement read during the media interaction, Dr. Chambas reiterated the UN’s commitment to be present and to accompany the process leading up to, during and after the general elections to be held later this year.
He encouraged political parties and other elections stakeholders in Ghana to work together through inclusive consultations to address all disagreements and build consensus to ensure the conduct of credible and peaceful elections.
This is Dr. Chambas’ second fact-finding mission to Ghana as a sequel to the first held in February this year. In the company of Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Dr. Chambas has successfully held meetings with the Electoral Commission, Political Party representatives, her Ladyship Chief Justice, the National Peace Council, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers and Ghana’s international partners.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of my various interactions, which have served to address specific concerns of the elections stakeholders as well as to discuss the steps which need to be taken in order to create the conditions for the successful conduct of credible, inclusive and peaceful elections”, he said.