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The National Peace Council (NPC) and the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) have urged political parties to use Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) in addressing intra and inter-party disputes.

A statement issued by the NPC, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the appeal was made by the two institutions at a three-day Multi-Stakeholder Consultation and Training on ADR for Political Parties in West Africa.

It said the overarching objective of the programme was to enhance the capacity of election stakeholders, especially political parties, to develop sustainable dispute resolution structures to manage disputes and minimize election-related disputes and violence.

It said it was also intended to create or expand existing infrastructure in target countries, including Ghana for effectively managing disputes surrounding elections and other democratic processes.

Participants were drawn from Operations Managers Units of Political Parties, External Affairs Units of Political Parties, Offices of the General Secretaries of Political Parties, Electoral Commission, National Commission on Civic Education, GIZ and the European Union.

Mr George Amoh, the Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council and Dr Chukwuemeka Eze, the Executive Director of WANEP, who facilitated sessions of the workshop, urged political parties to use Alternative Dispute Resolution or Appropriate Dispute Resolution Structures and measures to resolve the challenges they face regarding conflict within and outside their political parties.

According to them, this was the only way to prevent the volatility and instability of the West African sub-region which was brought about by election-related issues, ethnicity, religious extremism and intolerance and an influx of small arms.

Dr Serebour Quaicoo, the Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, who was participating backed this call, saying it would help the country in ensuring peaceful elections.

Attending the workshop on behalf of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were Mr Chris Arthur, Mr Kwasi Afriyie and Madam Sheila Offei.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was represented by Mr Kakra Esamoah, Mr Abraham Amaliba and Mr Atukwei Quaye.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) delegation included Nana Yaa Jantua, the General Secretary and Mr Moses Yirimambo, the National Organiser.

The People’s National Convention (PNC) was represented by Madam Janet Nabla, and Mr Muniru Mohammed.
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) also had Mr Remy Paa Kow Edmundson, the General Secretary and Mr Faisal Abu Sadat, the Youth Organizer.

Other participants included delegations and Directors from other organisations in Ghana and Africa such as NCCE, CHRAJ, EU, GIZ.

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Nana Addo denies backing presidential candidate for Nigeria elections

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In a Twitter post, the President said the letter was completely false and mischievous.

He said, “My attention has been drawn to a disturbing post making the rounds on social media, where it is alleged I have written to the 2023 presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to ‘give Peter Obi a chance and seek treatment for his health’.

This is completely false and mischievous, with no iota of truth whatsoever in it.

I have written no such letter to the APC leader, and it will not occur to me to do so. Ghana and Nigeria boast of decades of cordial, strong, and brotherly relations, and I am not going to be the one to interfere in the internal affairs and politics of Nigeria,” Nana Addo added.

With dates for the 2023 Nigeria general elections now set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – the presidential and National Assembly poll is set for February 25, governorship and other subnational elections are scheduled for March 11, 2023, and the countdown is underway for what will be the seventh consecutive elections since the return to democracy in 1999.

The INEC had earlier announced that only 18 political parties would take part in the 2023 general elections.



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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described as “fake”, media reports suggesting he was interfering in the upcoming Nigerian presidential elections.

He said: “I have written no such letter to the APC leader, and it will not occur to me to do so. Ghana and Nigeria boast of decades of cordial, strong and brotherly relations, and I am not going to be the one to interfere in the internal affairs and politics of Nigeria”.

In a tweet he wrote:

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‘Breaking the eight’ is a shared responsibility – Dr Adutwum

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The leadership, rank and file of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been advised to remain united and overcome petty squabbles in their bid to consolidate power in the 2024 elections.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosomtwe, said the task ahead, though difficult, was surmountable.

He said working with unity of purpose to achieve the NPP’s agenda was non-negotiable given the fact that no political party had gone beyond two terms in governance under the Fourth Republican Constitution.

Addressing a constituency meeting of party stakeholders at Jachie in the Ashanti Region, Dr Adutwum said the Party had so far delivered on its campaign promises, citing how some pro-poor initiatives such as the Free Senior High School Programme had helped to alleviate the plight of Ghanaian parents.

In his view, the NPP was better placed to address the developmental challenges confronting the society because of its track record in democratic governance, infrastructural development, and job creation among others.

He advised the members to work assiduously in their various capacities to realise the NPP’s goals, emphasising that the Party’s agenda of ‘breaking the eight’ called for a shared responsibility.

The constituency meeting was attended by polling station coordinators, assembly members, party delegates and executives.

It discussed issues relating to the development of the party, welfare of members, ongoing infrastructural works and strengthening party structures.

Dr Adutwum assured the constituents that no community would be left out in the provision of the requisite social amenities meant to uplift the living conditions of the people.

He used the occasion to thank the people for their unflinching support as he sought to work in their interest.

Mr Aikins Addai Poku, the Bosomtwe Constituency Chairman of the NPP, said every effort was being made by the executives to improve the party’s support base in the constituency.

Mr Joseph K. Asuming, the Bosomtwe District Chief Executive, attributed the fast development of the area to the government’s commitment to up the execution of infrastructural projects for the benefit of the people.

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