Builsa South NCCE Directorate inaugurates district’s Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC)

The () in the Builsa South District, inaugurated the district's Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) on Tuesday 23rd May, 2024 at the District Assembly. The inaugural meeting brought together key stakeholders from the Security intelligence community, representatives of the various political parties, the , Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Youth Parliament, , Traditional council, religious organizations, etc. This is part of the commission's mandate to educate citizens to ensure peace in the upcoming elections.

The district director for the NCCE, Mrs. Aliko Caroline, in her welcome address underscored the importance of maintaining peace before, during and after the upcoming 2024 elections. Highlighting the negative impacts of derailing the country's current stability and track record of holding eight (8) successful presidential and parliamentary elections culminating in the peaceful transition and transfer of political power. The media were also charged not to allow their platform to be used to propagate falsehood and promote violence but rather act as agents to promote peace.

According to her, the IPDC engagement on the prevention and countering violent extremism (PCVE) is aimed at undertaking peace building consultative meetings and working with all relevant stakeholders to avert extremism, promote peaceful coexistence and national cohesion.

Inaugurating the committee on behalf of the District Chief Executive, Honorable Abdul Rashid Alhassan also re-iterated the district assembly's involvement in ensuring it maintains a record of no violence and causalities before, during and after the elections, since its creation. Speaking on behalf of the DCE, Hon. Gariba, he also challenged the newly created IPDC to uphold the tenants of the constitution and the value for lives and property by sensitizing all stakeholders as mandated.

Mr. Robert Ubindam from the Paga Immigration Service, in his presentation created a mental picture of the grisly effects of not ensuring peaceful elections. He also offered insights of the constant border threats from extremist the Immigration service curtails on a daily basis, sharing all their efforts can be in vain if Ghanaians create an unstable environment especially during the upcoming elections. Other members of the Ghana Intelligence community such as the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) were also present to remind participants on the importance of the formation of the IPDC in the district. Other security agents present were also reminded of their role in enforcing peace by conducting their duties professionally.

Political party representatives from the National Democratic Congress (), New Patriotic Party (), People's National Convention (PNC), Conventions People Party () and the Ghana Union Movement (GUM), present for the meeting pledged their support in educating their members on the need to maintain Ghana's track record of conducting peaceful elections placing it as the beacon of democracy in .

In an open forum, the various key stakeholders present at the meeting, also pledged their commitment to ensuring the message gets to the grassroots as part of their efforts to contribute to the district's continual peace and the country at large. They also expressed profound gratitude to the NCCE and the (EU) for taking up the initiative to form the IPDC in the district and hold these meetings. Highlighting its importance in their various goodwill messages.

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