The 2 foremost candidates in Ghana’s 7 December presidential election have dedicated to a peaceable vote by signing a peace pact on Friday on behalf of their respective political events.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Get together and former President John Dramani Mahama of the Nationwide Democratic Congress signed the six-point pact to make sure peace earlier than, throughout and after the 2020 common elections. That is the third such pact since 2012.
Voters may also elect 275 parliamentarians in Monday’s elections, the eighth within the Fourth Republic. There are 12 presidential candidates contesting the election.
Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Chairman of the Nationwide Peace Council, urged the 2 candidates to stay to their pledges to make sure a peaceable vote.
“Resorting to violence is ill-disposed and have to be averted. It’s my hope that the signing of this pact is not going to simply be one other public present and that each one the events on this nationwide accord will genuinely play their roles in making certain peace throughout and after the 2020 common elections,” he stated
President Akufo-Addo stated he would settle for the decision of Ghanaians, including, “I’ve stated that we consider in elections, and I’m completely happy to provide my phrase that we will settle for the decision of the folks of Ghana.”
“Above all, I pledge that the peace, unity, and security of Ghana can be our major consideration,” he stated.
Former President Mahama stated the Electoral Fee, Judiciary, Safety Providers and the media “maintain the way forward for our nation of their arms”.
He additionally cited plenty of current circumstances of violence and voter oppression underneath the federal government as a supply of fear forward of the polls.
The unhappy occasions of a bye-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency in Accra “are contemporary in our minds”, including that the administration’s refusal to sanction individuals concerned in assaulting an MP and injuring scores of individuals “stay one of many darkest days in our democratic historical past”.
He stated it was his prayer that Ghana would as soon as once more be confirmed to be the beacon of democracy in Africa.
“Now we have finished it earlier than, and we are able to do it once more! Allow us to on Monday exorcise the ghost of Ayawaso West Wuogon. I’m John Dramani Mahama and I stand for peace. Let there be peace in Ghana earlier than, throughout and after the elections,” he added.