Ensuring a Violence Free 2012 Election in Zongo Communities in Greater Accra

Duration: Running from 2012 until 2013
The issue of Security and Peace must always marry each other before, during and after Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Africa. The situation is not different in Ghana.

The Muslim or zongo communities in Ghana are facing numerous socio economic problems that go a long way in placing barriers in their development as useful citizens and also making it impossible in actuating their dreams, aspirations and full potentials as future leaders.

Certain political figures, heads and their sponsors are known of taking advantage of the plight of the zongo youth. These idle youth are mostly found at the locally manufactured Bases and Mintins (local names for meeting places). During elections some politicians therefore use them to galvanize support, cause unrest or steal ballot boxes in the interest of the financier.

It has become necessary and meaningful for every patriotic citizen to brainstorm better ways of ensuring and maintaining peace during our election periods. Ghanian Muslims believe in Peace Building as a relationship building that requires a collaborative efforts to achieve it.

His Eminence the National Chief Imam and Grand Mufti of the Republic of Ghana, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has decided to run this pilot project that will bring about maintaining peace within the Muslim communities in Ghana during election periods.

The aim of the project is to create awareness among young men and women in the Zongo communities of the need to avoid all forms of violence and fraudulent election practices before and during the elections in December through education, preaching and training at the grass roots level.  The training will include 220 male and 140 female official election observers from the Zongo community and their deployment during the elections.

The aim is to make sure that the Zongo communities have confidence in the electoral processes and can accept the winner at the end of the elections.

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) and the National Commission of Civic Education (NCCE) are involved in the project supplying knowledge, training, and education on the prevention of violent outbreaks in the election process.