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Ghana Youth Coalition wants politicians to commit to peace in 2012
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The National Youth Coalition for Peace Building (NYCP), a non-governmental organization committed to creating a culture of peace before, during and after the 2012 elections has announced plans to recruit peace corps across the country to contribute to government’s efforts to ensure a violent-free elections.

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The Peace Corps, to be deployed at all polling stations during the elections, would be expected to assist security officers to maintain law and order should tempers rise during voting.

Mr Ganiyu Ibn Hassan, a leading member of the NYCP, told in an interview Tuesday that the group would also get prominent political leaders to commit to the peace efforts by making pledges to rein in their followers who misbehave.

“We want all parties to support this peace effort…” he stated.

Established on April 24, 2000, the NYCP upholds the values of non-violence, respect for human rights and the free expression of ideas.

The group, in the wake of recent developments in the political arena, has identified the need to redefine its strategy in order to meet the needs of the changing political and social environment in Ghana.


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CPNN receives more and more articles from Africa about initiatives that contest the European model of "winner-takes-all" elections, and demand that elections should only be part of a broader democratic process that seeks consensus and compromise.

This fits with the pre-colonial systems of justice in Africa, when there was no monotheism and no single supreme god, no single supreme law, no single "truth" provided by divine intervention, but rather a compromise among many different "gods," perspectives and "truths" arrived at through a process of mediation, for example, the "palabra."

This report was posted on December 16, 2011.