YOUTH ACTIVISTS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN NORTHERN GHANA SIGNS PEACE PLEDGE AHEAD OF ELECTION 2020

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YOUTH ACTIVISTS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN NORTHERN GHANA SIGNS PEACE PLEDGE AHEAD OF ELECTION 2020
Political Parties Youth Activists and Religious leaders in Northern Ghana have signed a peace pledge aimed at “eliminating vigilantism in Ghana’s election and promoting peace before, during and after the 2020 general elections.”
The intervention is part of a project dubbed Educating, Training and Healing Individuals, Communities and Society (ETHICS) against vigilantism in Ghana’s election.
According to Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana, the organizers of the event “had put in place all sort of risk management measures in anticipation of managing a difficult relationship. The youth proved us wrong! Or was it the sheer presence and influence of the diverse and respectable Religious leaders? In any case, to have the caliber of religious leaders to meet with young people to admonish them was in itself a great outcome.”
The young people who were drawn from the two major political parties – the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – were exhorted by the various Religious leaders present to “to be of good behavior to ensure peace in the country especially for the 2020 General Elections.”
Some of the young people shared personal testimonies on how they have been misled into vigilantism in the past and reiterated their commitment to be ambassadors of peace in the upcoming elections.
In an interview with the Catholic Informer, Mr. Akologo also mentioned that Caritas Ghana will conduct a limited Election Observance during the upcoming elections in December. He added that “Caritas Ghana has had consultation with the Electoral Commission on arrangements to ensure effective participation of the vulnerable such as the elderly, the physically challenged, nursing mothers among others.”
The event held at the Nim Avenue Hotel, Tamale on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, was facilitated by Caritas Ghana, the Development and Relief Agency of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and funded by the STAR Ghana Foundation.
Other key stakeholders engaged were the Northern Regional Peace Council and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
Some of the religious leaders present at the event were Alhaji Dr. Hussein Zakariah representing the office of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Samir Idris, Ahmadiyya Mosque, Alhaji A. N. Momeen, First Trustee of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Rev. Sr. Janice Gbiel, FMM, Rev. Asupa Striker, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Hajia Hajara Telle, President of the Federation for Muslim Women Association, Ghana.

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