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Politics of Monday, 29 February 2016

Source: GNA

NCCE embarks on peace keeping engagements

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The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has said it was embarking on a peace keeping engagement in eleven communities to help minimise conflicts in flashpoints areas.

The engagement, which started on February 22, would end on March 5, this year, to create the necessary environment for democratic governance to thrive.

A statement from the NCCE said the activities were bringing together stakeholders in Conflict Resolution towards national peace, improved unity, and harmony in the beneficiary communities.

It would also target flash point areas and emerging or potential trouble spots across the country, to stem the tide of any potential violent conflict, or its recurrence, it said.

This assignment, it said, was critical in ensuring that the electioneering process towards the 2016 General Election took place within an atmosphere of peace.

“These activities will emphasise the need for communities to resort to lawful means in resolving and managing conflict. The NCCE is thus collaborating with the National Peace Council and the Small Arms Commission in the implementation of the activities,” it said.

The NCCE said peace was seen as a necessary basis for active participation of the citizenry in the democratic process because the absence of peace would limit the ability of citizens who lived in these areas to exercise their democratic right as well as to go about day-to day activities peacefully.

Beneficiary communities include Alavanyo Kpeme and Nkonya Ahenkro in the Volta Region, Tamale, Bunkprurugu and Yendi in the Northern Region, Akwatia in the in the Eastern Region, Bolgatanga and Bawku in the Upper East Region, Kukuom in the Brong Ahafo Region, Nandom in the Upper West Region and Old Tafo in the Ashanti Region.

The statement said the activities were being undertaken with support from the European Union to help deepen and consolidate Ghana’s democracy.

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