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Peace Council seeks $1m for 2024 elections

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The National Peace Council has stated that it needs $1 million to carry out its activities for the 2024 general elections.

According to the council, the current workload has stretched their resources, hindering their ability to effectively carry out essential functions.

At the inaugural meeting for a committee on the code of conduct held at the Oak Plaza Hotel in Accra, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Ernest Adu Gyamfi, explained that the Council faces numerous cases that require attention, hence the need for additional financial support to adequately handle election-related activities.

“In dollar terms, we need about 1 million. Some donors have come in and are trying to help like what we did today, UNAID is helping with some of the projects, and UNDP and others are supporting us in some areas in terms of early warning systems and all that. But we need about $1 million to be able to execute all the things we want to do for this election,” he stated.

The Chairman of the Council defended the budget stating that the activities it has mapped out, including engagements in all the 275 constituencies, for the upcoming elections warrant the said amount.

“We have a lot of engagements. We want to engage in all 275 constituencies; we have mapped out our hotspots, and we are doing the best we can to minimise the activities in these hotspots. Initially, we mapped out 23, but at our meeting, it went higher than that.

“This is because in some areas, like Greater Accra, the national council thinks that every area is a hotspot. But initially, we were looking at Odododiodio, Ayawaso West Wuogon, Mamobi, and a few other places, but it has gone beyond that.

“Ashaiman is an issue; Kasoa and Efutu Senya are all getting out of hand. So, we need a lot of resources to go into some of these areas and do the best we can to minimise the tensions that are being built up in those areas,” he added.

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