Colloquium on Ensuring Peaceful Elections in Ghana: 'Preserving National Security in Elections 2012 and Beyond’

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) supported by the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) and other partners is organizing a colloquium to critically consider the possible challenges and threats to peace and security before, during and after the December 7, 2012 elections in Ghana. This colloquium will assess the level of preparation by the various state agencies, first in identifying, and second, have clear ideas of all security related issues on the elections and acceptable behaviour; third, exchange ideas to enable stakeholders to openly discuss the idea of security and peace issues related to the elections, fourth, discuss how to respond to potential threats and fifth, to determine the capacities that are needed to mitigate such challenges that can undermine a peaceful and violence-free election. As a result therefore, this concept paper provides an overview of the major potential security threats to the 2012 elections, the objectives of the meeting, expected outcomes and composition of the participants. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana.