The flagbearers of the two leading political parties, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have pledged to commit to a peace as the nation goes to polls on Monday.
The two leaders signed a peace pact in Accra on Friday December 4, 2020 and, in short remarks, pledged to commit to peace before, during and after the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and ensure the stability of the nation.
President Akufo-Addo said just as he committed to the peace pacts signed in the 2012 and 2016 elections, he would commit to ensuring a peaceful election this year
He indicated that the nation had gone through a long and torterous journey to get to the Fourth Republic and noted that the NPP would not do anything to undermine the peace and stability of the nation.
The President, who has contested in every presidential election on the ticket of the NPP since 2008, said his party believed in an electoral process that was generally free and fair and noted that results from such elections were generally accepted by all.
“It is in the interest of the political parties that there is not only an absence of violence but there is no tension, and that there is a truely peaceful atmosphere throughout the country,” he said
President Akufo-Addo urged the stakeholders to be up and doing in their work to ensure a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election and urged the media to refrain from peddling falsehood and fake news.
Former President Mahama, who spoke first, said “elections are about counting heads and not cutting heads” and expressed the NDC’s commit ment to work with all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful election.
He urged the security agencies, voters and all stakeholders to ensure law and order and entreated security personnel who would be deployed to be in uniform with visible name tags and service numbers.
“It is our prayer that Ghana will once again be proven to be a beacon of democracy. We have done it before and we can do it again. Let there be peace in Ghana before, during and after the election,” he said.
Former President Mahama stressed the need for all stakeholders to ensure that the events of the Ayawaso by-elections did not occur again to mar the peace and beauty of the election.
Madam Johnson Sirleaf commended the political leaders for their dedication and commitment to peace and urged them to make the continent proud.
She said Ghana was a model all African countries looked up to and urged Ghanaians to “keep the black star shinning”
“Democracy, freddom and peace are the symbols of prosperity,” she said and expressed confidence that the nation would make the continent proud again.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, said the EC had deployed all electoral materials to be used for the election on Monday.
She pledged to deliver a free, credible, and transparent election and added that the announcement of the results within 24 hours would not have any effect on the quality of the process.