|Overview : |
Ghana’s governance and democratic credentials are touted as one of the best in Africa. Ghana has had successful democratic transitions and have made some positive gains in good governance, however there are still noticeable negative traits that have the potential to erode the positive trends. For example, none of the seven elections, and other intervening elections such as the District Level Elections, intra-party elections, run offs and by-elections have been conducted in a totally violent-free environment; minor incidences of violence have been recorded in some electoral areas. The worry however is that, the levels of violence keep rising as the competition between the major political parties grows stronger over the years. The most recent case of electoral violence was recorded during the Ayawaso West Wuogon (AWW) Constituency by-election held on January 31, 2019, in which there was a shooting incident and about a dozen persons were injured in clashes between supporters of the opposition and purported national security operatives. The “Multi-stakeholder Consultative Platform for Peace and Democratic Governance” seeks to build consensus towards developing pragmatic and workable interventions to deal with critical issues of peace and governance in Ghana.………….