A Political Accountability (POLA) project has been launched in the country to advance the course of democracy and political accountability.

The Launch sought to create awareness of the broad and specific objectives of the POLA project to its stakeholders, highlight the roles of its partners and beneficiaries in the implementation of the project, and emphasize the anticipated impact of POLA on Ghana’s political and electoral system.

The event which was launched in Accra on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, was organized by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and its CEPPS partners – the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and had participants from different sectors of national life.

Some of the participants in attendance included the IRI Vice President Scott Mastic, officials of USAID/Ghana, and representatives of democratic agencies of government like the Electoral Commission, the National Peace Council, and the National Commission for Civic Education.

Also, in attendance were representatives from registered political parties as well as leaders and representatives of civil society groups including the Parliamentary Network Africa represented by its Country Programme Officer for Ghana, Joana Oppong.

IRI and its CEPPS partners – International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) received funding from USAID/Ghana to implement a four-year Political Accountability Activity (POLA) project that seeks to enhance political accountability, foster active and more diverse citizens engagement and support government to advance electoral reforms.

IRI was founded in 1983, as a global non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing democracy and freedom worldwide. IRI works in over 100 countries to strengthen civil society, political parties, marginalized communities, and other key areas essential to democratic governance.

By PNAfrica Comms

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