The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has welcomed the proposed date for meeting with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on disbanding vigilante groups in the country.
The National Peace Council has invited both parties for the said meeting following the president’s call for them to meet to resolve the issue of political party vigilantism in the country.
The meeting has been scheduled for April 9, 2019. After the initial back and forth the much-anticipated meeting between the two parties has finally been scheduled.
Speaking to Citi News in an interview, the Deputy Secretary for the NDC, Peter Otukonor said the party is happy that the meeting is finally coming on as planned.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 10 am at the Central Hotel, near the British High Commission in Accra.
The National Peace Council, the mediator, selected the date and venue for the meeting which is expected to give the Council the opportunity to table a number of proposals and modalities for disbanding their vigilante groups.
In a letter, the Council indicated that “for effective discussions, each party is respectively expected to bring not more than seven representatives.”
When the two main political parties — were writing open letters to each other making counter-demands to dialogue and fashion out a way to deal with the situation, many political parties and other stakeholders expressed mixed reactions on the meeting.
The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), argued that a more comprehensive solution to disbanding vigilantism requires more than just a meeting between the two parties.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) says attempts to get the NDC and the NPP to meet and find ways to end political party vigilantism is good for the country’s democracy.
Whilst calling on all well-meaning Ghanaians to rally behind the efforts of State Institutions and Civil Society Organisations to finding a lasting solution to this matter, the NCCE said it is ready to help in the disbandment process.
The NCCE asked the political parties to rise above their parochial interest and work together for the good of the country.