The Upper East Regional Directorate of the National Peace Council has been urged to start engaging the various political parties in the Region on peace talks.

POLICE This would help curb any eventuality of electoral conflicts that might occur in the 2016 general elections.

The Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Daniel Syme, made the call in Bolgatanga on Friday during a two-day workshop on conflict prevention, management and resolution, organized by the National Peace Council with sponsorship from the UNDP.

Mr Syme observed that the violence and shooting incidence that occurred at the just ended Talensi by-election called for strategies to be put in place to avoid a repeat in the forthcoming general election.

?Activities for the 2016 general election will start soon and if what happened in Talensi is any precursor to what can happen in the general election, then we may have tougher times ahead of us. Let the Regional Peace Council begin engaging the various stakeholders in these elections,? he said.

Whilst stressing the need for the Council to, as a matter of urgency begin engaging the leadership of the various political parties, youth groups of the parties and any other political interest group on peace talks, the Deputy Regional Minister commended the UNDP for supporting the activities of the National Peace Council in curbing and managing conflicts in the Region.

Mr Francis Azuimah, the Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council lauded the efforts of the members of Regional Peace Council for working to curb, manage and resolve conflicts in the Region, and urged them to continue to improve upon their roles.

He entreated the leadership of the various Municipal and District Assemblies and traditional rulers to place premium in supporting the Council to help curb and resolve conflicts in their respective areas, saying, ?no development can take place effectively in the atmosphere of conflicts.?

The Regional Chairman of the National Peace Council, Naba Segri Bewong, mentioned the re-inauguration of the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace Council, the mediation and resolving of the Yorogo, Beon-Gono among others as some of the achievements chalked by the Council.

He said the Bolgatanga chieftaincy conflict was also before the Judiciary committee of the Regional House of Chiefs to be resolved.

The Members of the Regional Council were taken through topics including analysing conflicts in the proper context, mediation, and dialogue facilitation skills, use of early warning signs and response systems, and team building.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh


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