Dr. Ibn Chambas interacts with Ghanaian mediaJun 17, 2016
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas has met with the media on the UN’s support to the 2016 elections in Ghana. In his statement read during the media interaction, Dr. Chambas reiterated the UN’s commitment to be present and to accompany the process leading up to, during and after the general elections to be held later this year. He encouraged political parties and other elections stakeholders in Ghana to work together through inclusive consultations to address all disagreements and build consensus to ensure the conduct of credible and peaceful elections.
This is Dr. Chambas’ second fact-finding mission to Ghana as a sequel to the first held in February this year. In the company of Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Dr. Chambas has successfully held meetings with the Electoral Commission, Political Party representatives, her Ladyship Chief Justice, the National Peace Council, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers and Ghana’s international partners.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of my various interactions, which have served to address specific concerns of the elections stakeholders as well as to discuss the steps which need to be taken in order to create the conditions for the successful conduct of credible, inclusive and peaceful elections”, he said.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General renewed the commitment of the United Nations to support Ghana through strengthened and effective partnership for the upcoming elections.
To ensure that unregulated security bodies do not play any role in the electoral process, Dr. Ibn appealed to political parties to show leadership and expunge from their structures as well as disassociate completely from such groups in support of their formations. In his view, such vigilante groups can stir a political climate of intolerance which can hamper preparations towards a peaceful election. He urged political parties and their supporters to make use of the valuable existing mechanisms for dialogue and dispute resolution to bridge differences and minimize the potential for violence.
Dr. Chambas also entreated the National Peace Council to continue its consultations towards the signing of a peace accord for peaceful elections as was done in 2012 during the Kumasi Declaration by Presidential Candidates.
He concluded that the international community has high expectations that the upcoming elections in Ghana will be conducted in a peaceful and credible manner, in line with the nation’s well-deserved reputation as a model for the region and beyond.