ADR will help disband vigilantism in 2 hours-Expert


A Member of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), David Nana Somuah has admonished the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to consider using the process to resolve the issue of vigilantism because it would be faster.

Speaking in an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he stated emphatically that, the process to disband vigilante groups affiliated to both parties has become difficult due to mistrust.

According to him, the two parties would be allowed to sign a consent form and that form is going to be binding for both parties and should anyone breach the process, legal action may be taken against that party.

He insisted without ADR, the two parties will never be able to solve the issue of vigilantism.

ADR provides a voluntary alternative to the accepted practice of using the courts to settle civil disputes.

The principal forms of ADR are adjudication, arbitration, conciliation, and mediation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is offered by firms large and small and as a means of resolving disputes without involving a third party.

President Nana Akufo-Addo during the presentation of the State of the Nation Address directed the two parties to meet and find ways towards the disbandment of vigilante groups or he would be forced to initiate legislation to disband such groups.

After the call, the two political parties have been at loggerheads over the modalities for the meeting.

The NDC has insisted it would best for the two parties to agree for mediator or mediators to be engaged.

But the NPP disagreed on grounds that, the mediators were not necessary because the two parties, would be able to dialogue and resolve the issue alone.

The President later directed the Attorney General to initiate legislation to help disband vigilante groups.

The NPP has also written to the NDC calling on the party to come to the table for the two parties to dialogue over the matter.

The letter by the party has also generated disagreement between the two parties.

Following the brouhaha and mistrust, David Nana Somuah says the parties should agree to the use of ADR because it would faster and help deal with the matter in just two hours.

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