23 April 2018. The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has held a joint opening ceremony of the Human Rights Training in Multidimensional Peace Support Operation and the Long-Term Election Observation Course on Monday 23 April, 2018 with 64 participants.
The course which is expected to last for five days aims at helping to develop the capacity of personnel in the Military, Police and Civil society within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region to enhance their knowledge and skills in election observation methodologies for assessing pre-election, election and post-election periods.
The Commandant of KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshal Evans Griffiths in his opening remarks welcomed all the participants to the course and noted that KAIPTC’S mission was to contribute to training, research and education in the West African region in support of the ECOWAS Commission, the African Union and United Nations.
He added that, ECOWAS for the past 15 years had deployed observer missions to most of the presidential elections in the region. However, the capacity to effectively discharge its mandate under section III of the Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance was not realised among other factors due to the absence and lack of a long term approach to election observation.
He again noted that, the purpose of the courses was to enhance the capacity of long term observation and to provide the requisite skills and expertise with specific reference to their functions and activities and to equip human rights officers with the necessary knowledge, skills and technical competencies needed to support human rights in Peace Operations in Africa.
His Excellency the German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Christoph Retzlaff in his speech made it known that both courses were crucial in terms of preventing and managing conflicts. He stated that since 2014, ECOWAS with support from Germany had deployed more than 135 long term election observers to 12 Member States such as Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo among others.
His Excellency, Mr Christoph Retzlaff expressed his gratitude to the Commandant of KAIPTC for the successful collaboration between the KAIPTC and its key stakeholders.