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Ensure peaceful elections in 2020 - Peace Council urges youth

By Wendy Amarteifio
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Ensure peaceful elections in 2020 - Peace Council urges youth

The National Peace Council has called on the Ghanaian youth to ensure a peaceful election in 2020.

According to the Peace Council, the youth are major stakeholders when it comes to maintaining peace, especially during elections.

At a conference today November 4, 2019, dubbed towards elections 2020: ''the role of the youth in conflict prevention and peacebuilding'', the  Northern Regional Secretary of the National Peace Council Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah charged will-be polling agents to be decent in the discharge of their duties to avoid confusion.  

''The youth play a big role in elections. I am of the view that our youth decide in terms of the outcome in each election. In Ghanaian politics, youth groups have been part of the forces that fight for the independence of the country. Some youth also serve as agents representing parties to monitor all electoral processes. They also serve as 'soldiers' used to intimidate other parties, members and candidates. So the participation of the youth during elections varies. The youth are the ones the electoral commission hire as electoral and registration agents during elections. If the youth forms greater in Ghana's population we will like to see more of youth participation in the country''.

He also advised that the best role the youth could play in conflict resolution and peacebuilding is for them to embrace attitudinal change, respect their cultural values and exercise an appreciable level of morality and maturity to defuse all ploys from politicians and other interest groups to use them to foment chaos.

He also charged youth groups and the media to identify challenges confronting peaceful governance, find ways of getting the youth to appreciate the need for peace and help generate solutions to these problems.

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Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah further encouraged the youth to learn new skills to help create an environment that was measured on the basis of non-violence and multicultural approach.