The peace campaign project on elections dubbed “I Pledge Peace Ghana 2016” was an initiative developed and implemented by the POS Foundation in July 2016 and funded by UNESCO. The campaign aimed at engaging all sections of the Ghanaian community to advocate for peace before, during and after the 2016 election period through orienting the minds of citizens with a focus on the youth. The campaign was meant to engage the youth from all sections of our communities to advocate for peace before, during and after the 2016 election period.
WHY PEACE? ‘Peace is not merely a gift to be received: it is a task to be undertaken’. We have no reason to be absolutely sure that because we appear to have a natural resilience towards resolving issues [electoral disputes] over the years, we can take, for instance the 2016 elections for granted.
With the 2012 electoral dispute that led to the challenge of the electoral results at the supreme court, the history of the electoral keen contest as well as the positions or stands taking by the political parties as a ‘do or die’ affair for 2016 elections, tension had been mounting and these could have led to violence and the unexpected.
This Non-Partisan Citizen-led Youth online Campaign involved ordinary persons spanning all walks of life; from the shoeshine boy to business executives drawn from the 10 Regions of Ghana as peace advocates posting their pictures along with a peace message on the ‘I Pledge Peace Ghana 2016’ Facebook page; further reposting them on their timelines to create awareness of peace. On Friday November 25, 2016, an outdoor event involving a multitude of young people in peace T-Shirts holding hands to create a human peace chain, symbolic of unity and respect for each other’s opinions was held at Airport Street (Silver Star Tower) Accra, from 4:30pm to 6:10pm. The campaign was graced with the participation of Nana Ama McBrown, a well revered actress in the Ghana movie industry.