The NCCE has sent a strong signal to all political parties to disband vigilante groups, cautioning them that, “vigilantes have no space in Ghana’s democratic culture”.
At a press conference organised by the Commission in Accra, the Chairman of NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah said the activities of vigilante groups are illegal and a total disregard for law and order. “The Commission has repeatedly expressed its revulsion at political party vigilantes, particularly of the two main political parties who take the law into their hands and cause social dislocation. After 25 years of uninterrupted democratic governance, it is unacceptable for any group of persons to commit such acts that undermine the rule of law and democracy”, she stated.
Ms. Josephine Nkrumah described political party vigilantism as a national crisis and called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to vehemently condemn their existence and activities. “NCCE will not cease to condemn, name and shame vigilantism and all acts of lawlessness because of the risk it poses to the country’s democratic stability, social security, investor confidence and peaceful co-existence of all Ghanaians amongst other factors”, she added.
She called on the IGI to reinforce the NCCE’s call for disbanding these illegal militant groups by effectively proscribing their activities….. ‘It is by so doing that a clear warning and lasting signal will be sent to others who are contemplating unleashing similar negative acts. The National Security Minister, National Security Advisor, Ghana Police Service and all security agencies must work together to restore the confidence of Ghanaians in security and law enforcement agencies.’
The press conference by the NCCE became necessary following recent reports on the illegal activities of political party vigilantes. The most recent one was the disturbance at the Tafo Pankrono Constituency where the MP for the area, Dr. Akoto Osei was having a meeting with NPP Constituency executives and members of the Delta Force vigilante group disrupted the meeting. The NCCE is worried about the trend and believes it is about time all these groups are disbanded across the country.