UNDP holds Joint Political Party Support and strengthening seminar

Oct 16, 2015

Mr. Dominic Sam (2nd from left) flanked by reps. of political parties and Electoral Commission (Photo credit: Bernice Gyawu, UNDP Ghana)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought together the five main political parties in Ghana and the Electoral Commission for a joint party support and strengthening (J-PASS) seminar in Accra. The purpose was to raise awareness of the J-PASS project and to sensitize the political parties about their roles for its successful implementation.

The J-PASS project is based on the premise that the quality of political parties determines to a large extent the quality of political governance in any political system.
“Political parties which are structured and built to function as institutions of governance will be better equipped if elected into power”, said Mr. Dominic Sam, UNDP Country Director. “When elected into power, they are better prepared to govern and articulate programmes and policy directions more clearly to the people”.

Political party representatives acknowledged the need for gender parity and promised to put measures in place to remedy the situation. They called for a change of mindset among political players to encourage more women and youth to participate in political processes in Ghana.
The participants also called on the Electoral Commission to make themselves more visible among the populace and sensitize Ghanaians about their roles in the electoral process.

They were grateful to UNDP for the technical and financial support as well as its quest to promote credibility and transparency in Ghana’s electoral process. They however acknowledged that for the noble objectives of the J-PASS project to be achieved, all the political parties must be involved and provided timely information.

UNDP designed the J-PASS project jointly with political parties to deepen Ghana’s democratic gains. The project seeks to boost public confidence and participation in the 2016 general elections. It also aims to promote trust in political parties and election results as well as promote the participation of women and youth in decision making processes in Ghana’s multi-party democracy.

The five main political party participants include the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the People’s National Convention (PNC), and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

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