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General News of Tuesday, 4 February 2020


NDC refuses to sign vigilantism code of conduct

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First it was about the fact that it is a premature move, but later the NDC came up with another justification saying, their members present at the political vigilantism meeting do not have the power to sign the roadmap document presented to them by the peace council.

The National Peace Council (NPC) today presented what is believed to be the final roadmap and code of conduct for the eradication of political vigilantism and as part of the structure, both NDC and NPP were supposed to pen down their signatures as a means of agreement.

But what was expected to be the final vigilante dialogue meeting between the two main political parties certainly wasn’t, as the NDC failed to play their part in signing the roadmap document.

“The signing ceremony is premature. We have not exhausted all the possible issues that are required to have a meaningful document. We were expected to be joined by senior members of this party who were going to sign if it were necessary. As you know we are involved in a very serious national exercise. We are going round and trooping in the streets of Accra informing everybody about our problems with the EC. The chairman and general secretary had to lead that course. None of us here has the particular authority to sign that document,” Alex Segbefia stated.

Mr. Segbefia who spoke on behalf of the NDC blatantly stated that they cannot sign the document because other stakeholders, including the Electoral Commission, government, Civil Service Organisations, and NCCE have not been made signatories to the said document

“When you look at the roadmap, it has 22 recommendations. 4 of those belong to political parties. 18 belongs to others namely the government, NCCE, EC, Civil service organizations, etc. None of these are signatories to these documents. We cannot be seen to be signing a document where other parties who play a part do not sign” he added.

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