A District Inter-Party Dialogue Committee [IPDC] under the auspices of the National Commission for Civic Education [NCCE], has been reconstituted and inaugurated this Thursday noon in Paga, capital of the Kassena-Nankana West District in the Upper East Region. The committee actually, already exists in the district but became dormant after the last general elections in 2020.

The IPDC has a membership of 40 with the number comprising political party representations, representatives of religious bodies, the security, some public service institutions and the media as well as representation from the Persons with Disabilities among others.

Kassena-Nankana West District Director for the NCCE, Mr. Robert Dampare in his welcome and introductory remarks at the inauguration ceremony, stated that the Committee has very important and clearly spelt-out duties to execute; through the electioneering campaigns, to the elections and after to help ensure a free, fair and violence-free elections. He said for instance that, it also collaborates with the Electoral Commission for accreditation to do election monitoring including checking out violations in the electoral process and reporting same to the authorities for appropriate remedies.

Mr. Dampare added that, the Committee has a checklist to monitor which parties adhere to or violate the political parties’ code of conduct, initiates measures for the quick resolution of party conflicts and issuing joint statements alongside other stakeholders on political issues relating to the electoral process. The Committee is also mandated to hold radio sensitization programmes and organize workshops/seminars for the education of electorates and the general public on the rules and regulations regarding the electoral process.

Meanwhile, it also falls within the confines of the Committee to undertake church and mosque visitations, home visitations and having appointments with other identifiable bodies and organizing floats; all geared at educating and sensitizing the voter population and the public about the dos and don’ts in the electoral process and persuading everyone to do the needful so as to achieve a peaceful and orderly election 2024. The NCCE boss therefore advised the Ghanaian politician against hate speech, the destruction of campaign posters and other political installations of rival parties as such acts “will result in disturbing the peace we all cherish as a nation and a beacon of peace in the subregion”.


District Chief Executive for Kassena-Nankana West, Hon. Gerard Ataogye in his inaugural address noted that, “the country in recent times is faced with challenges both internal and external that threaten the stability, peace and democratic governance we hold dear” and thus described the Committee as representing “a group of committed stakeholders capable of adding to fashioning out a unified response to these challenges”.  He observed that credible and peaceful elections are hallmarks of democracy and good governance in the developed world, yet in many developing countries, particularly in Africa, elections are often marred with violence, hardships and destruction of life and property – siting neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mali and Sudan as examples.

The DCE expressed optimism that Ghana will emerge stronger and democratically sound after the 2024 general elections stressing that, “the strength and resilience of our democracy have been tested through five presidential transitions and three peaceful transfers of power from one party to another through the ballot box”. He charged the citizenry to remain vigilant and steadfast in the nation’s commitment to uphold the rule of law, respect for human rights and the dignity of all citizens; as the country gears up for the 2024 general elections this 7th December.

Meanwhile in his presentation on “Vulnerabilties To Violent Extremism, Youth Radicalization ,Mediation And Resolution Of Local Conflicts”, Immigration Officer with the Paga Command, DSI Robert Ubindam revealed that persons may be at the verge of radicalization if they begin exhibiting the following: isolating themselves from family and friends, unwillingness or inability to discuss their views, a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others, using extremist terms to exclude people or incite violence and increased levels of anger/hostility towards other people and government among other vital signals.

The Officer appealed to all Ghanaians especially border residents to be very attentive to aforementioned signs as their vigilance could be that single move that could become the lead to defusing any terrorist attacks in the country.

Paramount Chief for the Katiu traditional area, Pe Ayikode Zangwio Atoge IV was elected Chairman of the 40-member IPDC and is deputized by Rev. K.E Kojo Asamoah of the Presbyterian Church while the NCCE District Director, Mr. Dampare took the secretaryship duties of the Committee.

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