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Upsurge of vigilante groups due to system failure – NCCE

By
Afedzi Abdullah/Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, Aug. 9, GNA – The National
Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has identified the high level of
mistrust among politicians and key election stakeholders with respect to the
discharge of their duties as the root cause of vigilantism.

The mistrust, according to the Commission,
hinges on what it described as “system failure” and the constitutional
arrangement that had created the “winner takes all”.

Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, the Deputy Central
Regional Director of the NCCE said: “There is a growing level of mistrust for
the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure credible election.

“There is no guarantee for aspirants of
political parties for maximum security from the security agencies as well as
the ability of the Judiciary to dispense justice without fear or favour.”

Alhaji Mohammed made this known an interview
with the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday.

He expressed the need for state security
agencies to be insulated from government interference in the appointments of
its heads, recruitment of staff and promotions to enable them discharge their
professional duties in a fair and transparent manner.

To that effect, he admonished political
parties and politicians to conform to the dictates of the 1992 Constitution
which said: “The internal organisation of any political party shall conform to
the democratic principles and its actions and purpose shall not contravene or
be inconsistent with the constitution or any other law.”

He described as disturbing the activities of
vigilante groupings and said they remained a threat to the peace and stability
of the nation.

He called on political parties to stay true to
their word and disband all political vigilante groups.

Alhaji Mohammed stated that the Constitution
prohibited the establishment of a private security organisation concerned with
national security except as provided under the law.

“No person or authority shall raise any police
service except by or under the authority of an Act of Parliament. Private
securities are permitted under the Private Security Organisation Regulations
but required rigorous monitoring to ensure compliance,” he added.

Alhaji Mohammed said the Commission remained
resolute in embarking on a sustained awareness creation on the principles and
objectives of the 1992 Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

He explained that civic education in a
democratic society was concerned with promoting the understanding of the ideals
of democracy and a reasoned commitment to the values and principles of
democracy.

This, he said was not to suggest that
democracy should be presented as utopia and that people would become cynical,
apathetic and withdrawal of people from political life when their expectations were
not met.

GNA

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