Right Alliance-Africa, a think tank, has urged the National Peace Council (NPC) to dialogue more with stakeholders to enable them to approve the Anti-Vigilante Accord.
According to the group, it is within the right of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to express reservations to the treaty.
The opposition party last week rejected the accord, citing the absence of other stakeholders like the Electoral Commission, government, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at the signing ceremony.
“What needs to be done is that the concerns should be addressed to meet the purpose of the Anti-Vigilante Accord and the demands of other stakeholders,” the think tank said in a press statement.
The group, however, commended the NPC for asserting its mandate under chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution, by formulating the anti-vigilante accord to guarantee the protection of the right to life, right to liberty, and the fundamental freedom of all persons which enhance peace in the Ghanaian society.
“We at Right Alliance believe that the NPC, established by the National Peace Council Act, 2011, (Act 818), has judiciously undertaken its mandate to prevent, manage and resolve conflict to build sustainable peace; and the task to prevent political violence in Ghana has also not fallen short of that,” the statement signed by Michael Sumaila Nlasia, the Communications Director and Simon Agbovi, the Executive Secretary, said.
It added that “there is a difference between government and political parties, in the sense that, the security of the state, for the most part, does not border on the two main political parties NPP and NDC, but the government or state agencies especially the Police, Military, NCCE, EC, etc., who are stakeholders in the accord. For that matter, the main concern raised by the opposition NDC that all stakeholders must simultaneously sign the document should be given attention.
“Right Alliance-Africa does not approve of the proposed campaign by the Catholic Bishop Conference against any political party which fails to append its. Such a remark is a veiled threat which does not augur well to the security of the state.”
Right Alliance-Africa believes that further dialogue between the NPC and the stakeholder must be the way forward in the comprehensive roadmap developed by the National Peace Council to deal with the threat of party vigilantism to protect our enviable peace.