The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), in partnership with the National Peace Council (NPC), has launched its Election Situation Room which seeks to observe, report, analyze and facilitate responses to violent threats, voter corruption, and compliance to electoral code.
Speaking at the launch held at Movenpick Hotel on December 6, 2020, Chairperson of the National Peace Council, Reverend Dr. Ernest Adu Gyamfi, said the project aims to contribute to the mitigation of electoral violence.
“The Election Situation Room is a component of a broader project titled “Electoral Violence, Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation (EMAM). The project aims to contribute to the mitigation of electoral violence through the implementation of electoral violence prevention and mitigation measures in Ghana,” he explained.
He also noted that WANEP and its partners had deployed 350 accredited observers in prioritized risk areas across the 16 regions of Ghana, further adding that the Central Coordinating Room was located in Accra, while three Satellite Situation Rooms were located in Kumasi, Tamale and Ho to support response actions within the regions.
“The Situation Room is made up of four operational sections namely Data gathering room, Analysis room, Decision room, and the communication room. A total of 90 personnel will be working in the four operational sections. 45 personnel will be working in the three satellite ESRs,” he added.
Dr. Adu Gyamfi urged stakeholders to be tolerant of the electoral process and of each other.
“True to the ideas of peace and social cohesion, the ESR is committed to observing the ethics, integrity and transparency of the electoral process in order to contribute to the prevention of violence and human rights violation.
“The ESR will make public its preliminary statement on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 and a general report at the end of the electoral process,” he stated.
The ESR, which would be operational for three days (December 6 to 8) would be collaborating with the Joint Operations Centre of the National Election Security Taskforce, as well as the Situation Room of the National Commission for Civic Education.