November polls will be peaceful – Mahama assures
President John Mahama has assured Ghanaians living abroad of his commitment to ensure a peaceful election in November.
He describes as normal, some disturbing political developments ahead of the elections, but adds that his government is committed to ensuring a peaceful, free and fair election.
President Mahama, was addressing the Ghanaian community in the Iranian capital Tehran, to round up his three day state visit to that country.
“We are in an election year and of course there is a lot of political rhetoric and you should know that it’s normal. In election year, a lot of the political argumentation and debates heightens a bit but I can assure you that we will have a peaceful and successful elections and Ghana will continue to be the beacon of democracy in Africa.”
He told the Ghanaian community in Tehran that the Electoral Commission is getting ready for the season and have subsequently released the calendar for the election.
“…they’ve released the calendar and the unique thing about the election is that it’s been pulled forward to one month so instead of the first week of December, it will rather be in the first week of November.”
In another development, President Mahama said government will embark on a vigorous programme to diversify the economy starting with the oil and gas sector.
According to him, after 58 years, the country should have moved away from just exporting raw materials to creating value.