The US Government has commended the presidential candidates and political parties of Ghana for coming together today to sign the Accra Declaration committing themselves to peaceful elections and the judicial resolution of election disputes.
This, demonstration of goodwill and shared commitment to peace the US said, further solidifies Ghana’s reputation as a thriving democracy.
This was in a statement issued in Accra by the US Embassy on December 1, 2016.
The said, U.S. government remains committed to supporting Ghana’s electoral process.
“As Election Day approaches, we will continue to work with the Electoral Commission, National and Regional Peace Councils, NGOs, civil society organizations, the media and others to support Ghana’s efforts to hold credible and nonviolent elections… We encourage all parties to build on the positive tenor of today’s event…. Likewise, we urge all Ghanaians to actively and peacefully participate in the democratic process—before, on and after Election Day.” The statement said
“No matter which candidate emerges as the victor, we look forward to joining with Ghanaians next week to celebrate Ghana’s seventh consecutive peaceful, transparent and credible elections.” It concluded.
Presidential candidates in Ghana’s election have signed a peace accord ahead of the December polls at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, today.
The meeting was arranged by the National Peace Council.
Present at the meeting were former President Jerry John Rawlings, Electoral Commission Chair, Charlotte Osei, former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mohammend Ibn Chambers and representatives of the various election monitoring bodies.
A similar accord was signed ahead of the 2012 elections in Kumasi championed by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei II.