NPC, Asantehene & Others To Meet With 2012 Presidential Candidates

The National Peace Council (NPC) and Manhyia Palace will for the first time convene a joint high-level meeting with the presidential candidates of the December 2012 elections. Also expected at the meeting are former Presidents Rawlings and Kufuor, the President of the National House of Chiefs, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, and Inspector General of Police. The meeting, which is aimed at getting all the presidential candidates to publicly take a collective stand against "electoral violence, impunity and injustice", which is a recurring problem of elections in Ghana, is scheduled to take place at the Great Hall, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi next Tuesday, November 27. A statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Akwetey of IDEG and copied to said throughout the year, and also much earlier, various groups of Ghanaian as well as individual citizens have responded to the widespread fear of electoral violence as a major threat to organising peaceful elections with credible outcomes this year. "Review of the many commendable interventions so far has pointed to the need for a high level meeting with all the presidential candidates on this matter, as it puts the nation's cherished values of freedom and justice as well as unity and stability at great risk," he said. The historic meeting in Kumasi thus provides a public space within which the presidential candidates as political leaders will openly and collectively take a stand against all acts of electoral violence, impunity and injustice during and after the December 2012 elections.