The C.E.O of the Here for Perfection (H4P) Organization, Mr. Charles Hackman, has said that “Peace is a collective responsibility and so it is imperative that we all come together in ensuring that Ghana maintains its peace during and after the elections”. The need for peaceful elections cannot be overemphasized and all over the country, there have been calls for the 2016 general elections to be free and fair in order to ensure that Ghana continues to enjoy the peace it has enjoyed for so many years.
The Here for Perfection Organization, a non – governmental organization that for the has past five years committed itself to championing the cause of the disabled in our society, increating a unique opportunity where the disability community can also add their voice to the quest for peace has held the Ghana for Peace Summit.
The event which was held on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at the La Palm Beach Hotel under the theme: the disability community and the need for
peace, attracted leaders and representatives from various disability organizations.The summit also congregated other stakeholders in the disability community as well as representatives from various political parties contesting in the December polls and the general public.
In his keynote address, the chairman for the eventAir Vice – Marshall Griffith Santrofe Evans, the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, lauded the H4P Organization for its initiative in advocating for peace from the perspective of the disability community. Heurged all Ghanaians not to become direct or indirect instruments of tension during the elections but rather to become peace advocates
in their various fields of endeavour.
The leaders of the Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism, the Ghana Blind Union, the Ghana National Association of the Deaf and the Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled,in their speeches appealed to the various political parties to ensure that the elections are devoid of violence.They emphasized that the disability community, in the event of violence, would be the most affected.
Representatives from the All People’s Congress (APC), the Conventions People’s Party (CPP), the National Democratic Party (NDP), the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) pledged their parties’ commitment towards peace before during and after the elections and also called for the elections to be free and fair.
The officer in charge of the Gender and disability desk of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mrs. Gloria Nutakor in her speech outlined the provisions made by the electoral commission to ensure that persons with disability are not disenfranchised during the election.
The special feature for the event was the launch of two peace songs by the H4P Crew, the face of the H4P Organization to campaign for peaceful elections. The songs emphasized the age-old adage that together we stand but divided we fall.