The Legal Resources Centre has trained stakeholders in the Northern Region on the Electoral Justice System to empower them to identify, report and resolve electoral conflicts.
The training, which built the capacity of participants in relation to rules, conducts and processes of elections, was also to expose them to civic inputs on the adopted electoral reforms of the Electoral Commission for the 2016 elections and future elections.
It was also to help participants, who were drawn from public, private and civil society organisations, to understand the country’s legal system and Legislative Instruments governing the conduct of elections in the country.
Topics discussed include: Ghana’s Legal System, Elections 2016: Successes, Challenges and the Way forward; Parliamentary Procedure, and Constitutional Instruments 94, 91, and 74.
Mr Issah Mahmudu, Northern Regional Director of the Legal Aid Scheme, who was one of the facilitators during the training in Tamale, called on disputing parties to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms to resolve their differences.
Mr Mahmudu said ADR created understanding between disputing parties because of their involvement in generating their own solutions to their differences.
He said the ADR mechanism was not expensive adding it also ensured a win-win situation for disputing parties as against the courts system, which was ‘adversarian’, expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes leaving disputing parties as enemies.
Mr Benjamin Bano-bioh, Deputy Northern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), said the successful conduct of the 2016 general election showed the robustness of the electoral system adopted by the EC.
Mr Bano-bioh urged the public to always seek clarification on election-related issues from the EC.
Mr Enock Jengre, Project Officer at LRC, said the LRC would engage Parliament to assess how far it (Parliament) had gone with regards to reforms on the electoral process.