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Elections, a keystone of modern democracy, must be held in a fair, transparent, credible and violence-free manner to promote peace. However, where elections are plagued with corruption and violence, democracy and good governance are undermined. Such an outcome has serious implications for doing business in the Country. Safeguarding the peace in Ghana’s upcoming election 2016 is therefore a very vital issue that requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders including the Private Sector.

PREAMBLE
Elections, a keystone of modern democracy, must be held in a fair, transparent, credible and violence-free manner to promote peace. However, where elections are plagued with corruption and violence, democracy and good governance are undermined. Such an outcome has serious implications for doing business in the Country. Safeguarding the peace in Ghana’s upcoming election 2016 is therefore a very vital issue that requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders including the Private Sector.

In helping achieve this objective, the private sector needs to be mindful of some mine fields that come with electoral process. Political corruption and campaign financing are examples of the contentious issues that often emerge in relation to the private sector’s role in elections. Private corporations may be tempted into electoral donations, campaign contributions and other activities that are catalysts for corruption. Politicians on the other hand may court the private sector for financial and logistical support in return for political favors when they win or retain power.

In this regard, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) in collaboration with the Business Integrity Forum (BIF), organised a forum under the theme “ELECTIONS 2016: IMPACT ON BUSINESS, ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR”. 

Participants were drawn from members of the coalition, the co-chairs of the BIF – Vodafone Ghana and Newmont Ghana - Electoral Commission, Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Ghana Chamber of Telecoms, Civil Society, Media and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, CSOs and Media.



RESOLUTION
We, the under listed participants of the Business Integrity Forum (BIF) held on the theme Election 2016: Impact on Business, Role of the Private Sector on Tuesday 15th of November 2016 acknowledge that elections are critical to the sustainability of Ghana’s democracy. 

We recognize that elections must be held in a fair, transparent and violence-free manner to establish credibility and good governance to promote lasting peace. 
We understand that where elections are plagued with corruption and violence, democracy and good governance are undermined with serious implications for the conduct of business in the after math of elections in the Country. 
We recognize that safeguarding peace in Ghana’s upcoming election 2016 requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders including the Private Sector.
We therefore commit to promote peace before, during and after the elections. This will be achieved through:
1. Our internal engagements with staff, partners and associates 
2. Our external engagements with customers, other business concerns, regulatory agencies, politicians and the general public

In pursuit of these goals we call for:
1. Effective collaboration by all stakeholders including the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties, media, security agencies, and the general public to ensure peaceful elections in 2016
2. Peaceful resolution of electoral grievances by all political parties, their aspirants and representatives, 
3. Effective measures and conduct among us all to prevent incidents of political violence and intolerance that could mar Ghana’s democratic credentials
Finally, we reiterate our commitment to the effective implementation of our Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption policies prior to, during and after the elections.  
We will operate strictly in line with these policies and will not be engaged in practices that are a canker to our development.

Dated this day the 15th of November 2016

Signed 
Mr. Theodore Albright
Head of Legal
Vodafone Ghana Limited.

Signed 
Mr. Abraham Agbozo
Compliance & Governance Manager 
Newmont Ghana

Signed 
Mrs. Beauty Emefa Narteh 
Ag. Executive Secretary
Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition.

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