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NDC fails to show up for discussions on the draft road-map to address political vigilantism.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) did not show up for discussions on the draft roadmap to address political vigilantism.

The NDC, one of the main stakeholders in the discussions, was absent due to circumstances beyond its control, according to the National Peace Council.

The document has been developed by a Technical Committee as part of ongoing dialogue aimed at ending political vigilantism.

Speaking at the dialogue at Peduase near Accra, chairman of the National Peace Coiuncil, Professor Emmanuel Asante, said the document will assist existing legislations and other frameworks on ending the vigilantism.

The council chair said the NDC has received a copy of the draft roadmap.

The dialogue was instituted by the National Peace Council following the events that violence that erupted at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election.

Though there were initial bumps between the NDC and the NPP, both parties have said they are committed to ending political vigilantism.

In line with tackling vigilantism, President Nana Akufo-Addo gave his assent to the Vigilantism and Related Offences Act, 2019 in September, which bans acts of vigilantism in the country.

The Act also disbands vigilante groups, including political party vigilante groups and land guards.

Per the law: “a person who directly or indirectly instigates or solicits the activity of a vigilante, facilitates or encourages vigilantism, or conceals a vigilante to avoid lawful arrest, commits an offence, and is liable, on conviction, to a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years and not more than 15 years.”

Source: www.citinewsroom.com

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