Ballots Not Bullets
- Ballots Not Bullets
In 2004, the slogan “Ballots not Bullets” launched a grassroots campaign to support fair, democratic elections in Ghana. The political tension in the country during that period prompted FOSDA to call for non-violence through out the Nation.Even though the project did not receive external funding, FOSDA from its own internal resources produced campaign materials (ballot not bullet posters, banners) and deployed election monitors through out the country in partnership with the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) and the electoral commission.
The Ballots not Bullets concept has since spread to three other West African countries; Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo. In all four countries, the campaign had an incredible impact on ordinary citizens, politicians, opinion leaders and decision makers. For instance, the current president of Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Ernest Koroma, used the Ballot not Bullet slogan several times in his address to supporters during the last week of political rallies in the country prior to the elections. ‘Ballots Not Bullets’ is gradually becoming a slogan for elections in the West-African Sub-region. In 2008 elections in Ghana, FOSDA and WAHRD partners organised street campaigns, door-to-door campaigns, and shuttle diplomacy between political parties, traditional rulers and media programmes to call for peaceful elections. In 2012, the Alliance engaged five major political parties in Liberia under the project.
Read about FOSDA’s Liberia Elections 2011: Ballots Not Bullets, Be the Peace Campaign