The Ministry of National Security hosted a consultative meeting between the two major political parties, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Thursday, 25th February, 2021.
The meeting, which was chaired by the Chief- of- Staff at the Office the President, Hon. Mrs. Akosua Frema OSEI- OPARE, had in attendance thirty (30) participants including; the Presidential Advisor on Security, Brigadier General Emmanuel OKYERE (Rtd), Hon. Albert KAN- DAPAAH, the President' s Representative at the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Ambrose DERY, the President' s Representative at the Ministry of Interior, the political and security leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), namely Mr. Freddie BLAY and John BOADU, Chairman and General Secretary respectively; and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) represented by Hon. Kofi TOTOBI- QUAKYI, former Minister for National Security, Lt Col Larry GBEVLO- LARTEY (Rtd), Former National Security Coordinator and Director for Operations, Capt (GN) Baffour ASSASIE- GYIMAH, former Deputy National Security Advisor and Mr. Kofi ATTOH, National Vice Chairman. Also, in attendance were the IGP James Oppong- Buanuh and the CDS Rear Admiral Seth Amoama.
The meeting reviewed security and other related issues during and after the December, 2020 general elections.
Both parties reviewed the security arrangements put in place for the conduct of the elections and expressed divergent concerns about the events that characterized the collation and declaration of the results. They called on the Police Service to improve upon the policing of election materials in future elections.
The parties called for thorough investigations into the incidents that marred the peaceful conduct and declaration of the results notably in ODODODIODOO, SAVLEGU, ABLEKUMA CENTRAL, SEFWI WIAWSO, AND TECHIMAN SOUTH constituencies among others.
Regarding the on- going election petition, all parties committed to the need to preserve the peace in the aftermath of the verdict by urging their supporters to exercise restraint and desist from any provocative acts that could undermine law and order.
All parties reiterated their condemnation of the secessionist activities of the Western Togoland Restoration Front (WTRF) and committed themselves to the maintenance of the territorial integrity of Ghana.
The parties embraced the need to continue the political and security dialogue in the best interest of the country.
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